And Then We Danced, dir. Levan Akin, Georgia 2020, 113 min., Georgian with English subtitles, 15
With an extraordinary physical performance from dancer Levan Gelbakhiani, Levan Akin’s luminous And Then We Danced explores cultural identity, ambition and self-expression against the backdrop of traditionalist, anti-LGBTQ+ Tblisi.
All that Merab (Gelbakhiani) wants from life is to join the main company of the National Georgian Dance Ensemble, break free from Georgian society and travel the world. An ensemble place suddenly becomes available and his ambitions seem within reach – until Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) unexpectedly joins his group, and Merab fears he could stand between him and his dreams. As they compete, Irakli becomes both Merab’s fiercest rival and his strongest desire – a desire that threatens to throw his career and family into turmoil.
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