AND THEN WE DANCED World Cinema

AND THEN WE DANCED

SWEDEN OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM OSCAR® SUBMISSION

Talent attending: Levan Akin (Director), Ketie Daniela (Producer), Levan Gelbakhiani (Talent), Nino Jincharadze (Producer), Bachi Valishvili (Talent)

A dancer in the National Georgian Ensemble, Merab is descended from a line of traditional dancers. The training at the academy is demanding. Its instructors are conservative and severe, maintaining the importance of foregrounding masculinity in Georgian dance. The arrival of the preternaturally talented Irakli awakens a sense of friendly competition in Merab, along with an array of more complicated emotions. An immediate and affectionate rivalry finds the two practicing with one another, then partnering in preparation for an important audition. Elegantly and sensitively helmed by Swedish director Levan Akin, this complex interpretation of homophobia seen through the inherent sexuality of dance is a twirling, rhythmic romance where the profundity of first love is heightened by the risk that exposure could threaten career and both familial and community support. –Malin Kan

The son of Georgian immigrants, Levan Akin was born in 1979 in Stockholm. After interning at SVT, the Swedish Broadcasting Network, he became a handyman at director Roy Andersson’s Studio 24 before becoming an assistant director. His previous features include CERTAIN PEOPLE (2011) and THE CIRCLE (2015).

Kyle Westphal
Music Box Films
kwestphal@musicboxfilms.com
312-508-5359

Details

Country: Georgia, France, Sweden

Year: 2019

Director: Levan Akin

Screenwriter: Levan Akin

Producers: Ketie Danelia, Mathilde Dedye

Executive Producers: Ludvig Andersson, Mattias Sandström

Director of Photography: Lisabi Fridell

Editors: Levan Akin, Simon Carlgren

Production Designer: Teo Baramidze

Cast/Featuring: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli, Tamar Bukhnikashvili

Running Time (minutes): 113 min

Language : Georgian

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