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AND THEN WE DANCED (ALS WIR TANZTEN)

Levan Akin (S/Georgien/F 2019)
Traditional Georgian dance is not for everyone. Not even for any type of dancer, no matter how good or talented they might be. In Levan Akin's film, this type of almost militaristic dance works as a clear metaphor for the country itself and its refusal to acknowledge any kind of alternative lifestyle and/or sexual choices. Merab (the great actor/dancer Levan Gelbakhiani) could be a great dancer but, no matter how much he tries to disguise them, his moves might be a bit too feminine for the strict and masculine style of the Georgian National Ensemble. And this also applies to his personal life, since he tries to hide (to others but also to himself) his sexual desires, keeping them in secret even to his fellow, and surprisingly homophobic, colleagues. The arrival of Irakli (Bachi Valishvili), another dancer who becomes a competitor for the same position at the Ensemble, but also a potential but repressed love interest, creates a deep conflict in Merab that the film explores through an intense and increasingly dramatic series of events. This is a film about two clashing desires that could only be resolved using the body as a weapon. A weapon of male destruction. (Diego Lerer)

 

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