Outburst 2019: And Then We Danced
Sweden’s official entry to next year’s Oscars is an instantly engaging tale of a young male dancer's sexual awakening in contemporary Tbilisi, Georgia.
Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has been training in traditional Georgian dance from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world is turned upside down when the carefree Irakli Bachi Valishvili arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.
Tenderly exploring the strictly gendered boundaries of tradition, And Then We Danced is a perfect cinematic marriage of personal and political. Gelbakhiani’s presence is magnetic and his effortless ability to radiate joy on screen is a delight to behold.