Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema
And Then We Danced
Directed by Levan Akin
$18 | $16 Speed members / Free for Cinephile members
“A luminous tour de force.”—Jude Dry, IndieWire
A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli—gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak—throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family.
The film was shot in Tblisi, Georgia using guerilla filmmaking tactics and is Sweden’s official Oscar submission raising the ire of the Georgian Orthodox Church and the right-wing group Georgian March. A selection of the Cannes Film Festival. 2019, Georgia/Sweden, DCP, in Georgian with English subtitles, 113 minutes. Recommended for 16+.
This national series, programmed by the venerable film critics and film curators Harlan and Susan Jacobson, features a sneak preview screening of an art house film prior to its release followed by a discussion.
Past films have included The Two Popes, Pain and Glory, The Farewell, Waves, Moonlight, Shoplifters, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and I, Tonya.