And Then We Danced


Passionate about dance, young Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has trained at the National Georgian Dance Ensemble since childhood. His sole aim in life; to join the Main Dance Ensemble, break free from the confines of Georgian society and travel the world. When a dancer in the main ensemble is disgraced and his place becomes available, Merab’s ambitions finally feel within reach.

When Irakli (Bachi Valishvili), a virile, talented male dancer unexpectedly joins his group, Merab fears the newcomer is the only thing standing between him and his dreams. Charismatic and carefree, Irakli, has an effect on Merab that he can’t quite explain. As they compete, Irakli becomes both Merab’s fiercest rival and strongest desire, a desire that, in conservative Georgian society, threatens to throw his dance career, livelihood and family into turmoil.


Director/Written by/Edited by: Levan Akin
Simon Carlgren
Music: Zviad Mgebry
Lisabi Fridell
Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
Production company: French Quarter Film


Length: 1hr 53 mins
Format: Cinema
Language: Georgian
Certificate: 15


Date: 13 March 2020
Available now on VOD: Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player, Peccadillo Player, iTunes, Amazon


  • Iris Prize Festival (won the Best Feature Film Award 2019)
  • Cannes Directors’ Fortnight
  • Odesa International Film Festival
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  • Helsinki International Film Festival
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  • Kharkiv MeetDocs Eastern Ukrainian Film Festival
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  • Key West Film Festival
  • Kinove Fest
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