And Then We Danced
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And Then We Danced

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Fri Feb 21 7:00 PM
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General Admission
Unclassified 18+
105 Mins | 2019 | France | Georgia | Sweden | Georgian with English subtitles
One of the most acclaimed LGBTIQ+ films of 2019, And Then We Danced is a powerful film about rivalry, desire and defiance.

Goal-oriented rule-follower Merab (an astonishing Levan Gelbakhiani) wants nothing more than to dance with the National Georgian Ensemble and has trained most his life for the honour. But all this is thrown into chaos when he falls for the carefree and rebellious newcomer Irakli (Bachi Valishvili).

As Merab and Irakli battle it out for a spot in the main ensemble, their combative chemistry soon gives way to something more profound, as Merab comes of age and begins to question the rigidity of Georgian culture and the very dance steps themselves.

With an eclectic soundtrack that inspires a seductive dance scene to Robyn’s Honey (which is worth the price of admission alone), Georgian-Swedish director Levan Akin’s film sparked wild scenes of protest outside cinemas in Georgia when it screened.

Against the backdrop of a country which remains deeply conservative, this mesmerising film is riveting, joyful and not to be missed.

Sydney Premiere

Cannes Film Festival 2019 Nominee Queer Palm
Odessa International Film Festival 2019 Winner Golden Duke

"[Levan] Gelbakhiani and [Bachi] Valishvili share palpable chemistry that ensures the raw affection of their characters' magnetic connection to be at the heart of this film" - Flip Screen

Content Warning: This film contains scenes with strobe lighting