Georgia, dance, courage!
Do you want to explore the world of a traditional society confronted with the spirited nature of the young dancer Merab, whose heart beats in the rhythm of striking music and new love? Visit cinemas all over the Czech Republic for the award-winning film And Then We Danced. The film provoked protests from conservatives and the church in its country of origin, Georgia, and proves that love still has to face prejudices, the rules of a rigid society, and binding family values.
Clash of traditions and acknowledgment
Since early childhood, Merab has been a member of the National Georgian Ensemble, which focuses on traditional dance. The lead choreographer is strict with the dancers: Georgian dance does not express sexuality, just the soul of the nation. And that means the Orthodox religion, traditional gender roles and family values. It is therefore not only the strict dance rules, but also the rigid opinions of society that influence the life of the hardworking youth whose dream is to perform abroad. But when Irakli appears at the practice sessions, Mareb's world is shaken. He faces a new rival, but is simultaneously confronted with a mesmerizing attraction to another man.
In cinemas since May 11, 2020
Throbbing in the rhythm of energetic music, Levan Akin's sensual romance captures the desire to be free, as well as the conflict we may feel regarding our roots. This sincere, emotionally raw drama And Then We Danced won Best Film at the Odessa IFF and the audience award at the 20th Mezipatra QFF. The film premiered online on April 28, 2020 and is in cinemas since May 11, 2020. Feel free to contact us if you want to screen it at your cinema!
Georgia, Sweden, France / 2019
106 min / DCP
Directors: Levan Akin
Writers: Levan Akin
Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakhishvili
Selection of film awards
FESTIVAL DE CANNES (Francie)
- Director’s Fortnight Official Selection
- Queer Palm Nominee
ODESA IFF (Ukrajina)
- Grand Prix
- Best Film Award
- Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani
MELBOURNE IFF (Austrálie)
- Top 10 Audience Awards Winners
SARAJEVO IFF (Bosna a Hercegovina)
- Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor for Levan Gelbakhiani
CARL FF (Estonsko)
- Baltic Sea award for Best Film
IRIS PRIZE FF (Velká Británie)
- Best Feature
CHICAGO IFF (USA)
- Audience Award Best Foreign-Language Feature
- Gold Q-Hugo in the Out-Look competition
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