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And Then We Danced


Since premiering at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Levan Akin’s groundbreaking drama continues to garner attention as Sweden’s official Academy Award entry for Best International Feature Film. Though Akin is Swedish born, his roots are Georgian and so too is the DNA of his film, which acts as both a celebration of his country’s renowned dance culture and a sharp critique of its deep-seated homophobia.

A gifted dancer named Merab moves beautifully, but his mannerisms enrage his coach, who finds them too effeminate. Merab, however, quietly defies not only his coach but his community’s hyperconservative constraints. An aura of danger emerges when he meets a handsome new dancer named Irakli, whose gifted technique becomes a source of attraction and competition for Merab. As the two fall into a secretive affair, whispers of their newfound romance threaten their respective careers.

Far from fitting into the traditional coming-out narrative, And Then We Danced represents something especially joyful, romantic, and transgressive. It stands confidently as one of the most important films—gay or otherwise—of the year.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY Spotlight

COUNTRY Sweden/Georgia/France

RUN TIME 113 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Totem Films

EMAIL agathe@totem-films.com


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Artist Bio

Levan Akin

Levan Akin is a Swedish-born filmmaker of Georgian descent, whose work often addresses class and gender. His most recent film, And Then We Danced (2019), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight. His other works include feature films The Circle (2015) and Certain People (2011) and several TV series, most notably Real Humans (2012). Currently, he is working on a TV series titled Dough, set to premiere in 2021.