And Then We Danced (Da cven vicekvet)

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Levan Akin's beautiful and gripping love-story AND THEN WE DANCED launched in Directors Fortnight at Cannes. Set against the backdrop of Georgia's traditional dance scene, the film follows an obsessive young dancer Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), who has been training at the National Georgian Ensemble with his partner, Mary (Ana Javakishvili), since he was a child. Merab's world is turned upside down, when the carefree and charismatic Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) arrives, rivalry soon turns to longing as the two draw closer together.


  • Levan Gelbakhiani
  • Bachi Valishvili
  • Ana Javakishvili
  • Giorgi Tsereteli
  • Tamar Bukhnikashvili
  • Marika Gogichaishvili
  • Kakha Gogidze
  • Levan Gabrava
  • Ana Makharadze
  • Nino Gabisonia

Did You Know?


  • Ketie Danelia (producer of the movie) stated in an interview with "Radio Tavisupleba", that the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, declined to fund the trip for the filming crew to visit the Cannes Film Festival (where the movie was initially set to premiere), and that they've explicitly specified that it was solely due to the fact, that it was depicting homosexual romance. Because of this, very few people that were associated with the production (basically only the main cast and crew), went to visit the Cannes, on their own personal funding.
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3.0 out of 5
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lot of dances, too

Takako M


Feb 6, 2020

An instantly engaging tale of a young male dancer’s sexual awakening in contemporary Tbilisi, And Then We Danced is personal and political, romantic and educational.

Lisa Nesselson
Screen Daily
Feb 6, 2020

No good performance can hide the fact that what happens during roughly the first hour is perhaps beautifully laid out and told but also extremely familiar. There is an expectation that Akin, also credited with the screenplay, will somehow step it up in the second half with a new twist or unexpected insight. But quite the opposite happens, as the narrative becomes both more melodramatic and erratic.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 6, 2020

And Then We Danced works because of a tender and heartfelt performance by Levan Gelbakhiani.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat