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And Then We Danced

The talented dancer Merab, member of the National Georgian Dance Ensemble, falls in love with his biggest competitor, Irakli. Difficult in a gay-unfriendly country like Georgia.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

And Then We Danced

Georgia is a traditional country with its culture firmly embedded in national pride and Orthodox Christian values. This also is manifested in Georgian dancing, an art form practiced at the National Georgian Dance Ensemble. The sixteen traditional dances taught there are a tribute to the spirit of the nation. Talented, singular dancer Merab has been training here from a young age to master these dances, together with his dance partner Mary. His life is turned upside down when Irakli joins the ensemble, a charismatic, also highly talented dancer. Starting out as Merab's biggest rival, he soon also becomes the object of his heart's desire.

Seeing how his country is becoming increasingly conservative and intolerant, director Levan Akin hopes to turn this around with his tender portrait of the love between two men filmed in warm light. And Then We Danced is the Swedish Oscar entry.

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