And Then We Danced


Lark Theatre Thu, Oct 10, 2019 6:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 11, 2019 2:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Eye on Sweden
Running Time:113 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Levan Akin
Producer:Ketie Danelia
Mathilde Dedye
Screenwriter:Levan Akin
Cinematographer:Lisabi Fridell
Editor:Levan Akin
Simon Carlgren
Cast:Levan Gelbakhiani
Bachi Valishvili
Ana Javakishvili
Giorgi Tsereteli
Tamar Bukhnikashvili
Print Source:Music Box Films
Note Writer:K.M. Soehnlein


In Tbilisi, Georgia, teenage Merab lives in a crowded apartment where the electricity gets turned off as regularly as his phone runs out of data, forcing him to panhandle. After a lifetime of rigorous training alongside his dance/romantic partner Mary, Merab has hitched his hopes for an escape from his circumstances to a coveted slot in the Georgian National Dance Ensemble. But the tradition-bound regional ensemble leader thinks Merab is too “soft” to master the challenging, athletic choreography. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli—gifted with perfect form and movement, and equipped with a rebellious streak and eyes full of mischief—upends Merab’s dedication to the company and his relationship with Mary, with galvanizing results. Levan Akin’s gorgeous film is a feast for the senses and an emotional tug on the heart. With his exuberant physicality, star Levan Gelbakhiani—who won the Best Actor award at the Sarajevo Film Festival—shapes Akin’s story into a joyous journey of liberation, a coming-out and -of-age tale, and above all, a vibrant, musical celebration of the dance of life.

EXPECTED GUEST: Director Levan Akin

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Additional Information

The son of Georgian immigrants to Sweden, Levan Akin was born on Dec. 14, 1979 in Stockholm. After interning at SVT, the Swedish Broadcasting Network, he became a handyman at director Roy Andersson’s (Songs from the Second Floor) Studio 24 before becoming an assistant director. He began his directing career with shorts and episodic television, making his feature debut in 2011 with Certain People. His other features are The Circle (2015) and And Then We Danced (2019), a co-production of Sweden, Georgia, and France that was shot on location in Tbilisi, Georgia.