And Then We Danced
Director: Levan Akin
SE, GE, FR
Merab has been training since a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world is suddenly turned upside down when the charismatic and carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire. In this conservative setting Merab finds himself having to break free and risk it all.
Confines of tradition and forbidden love. The director, born in Sweden to Georgian parents, got the idea for the film after seeing a violent attack on a pride parade in Tbilisi. He developed his story following numerous interviews with gay Georgians. The film crew got death threats and had to have bodyguards on set. Sweden has selected this dance drama as its entry for the Best International Feature Film award for the Oscars.
Curator's point of view: Love stories in their different forms can catch us off guard. The world of the traditional dance as a micromodel of society.