37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

And Then We Danced

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A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced sparked violent anti-protests when screened in Georgia due to its themes of homosexuality set against the conservative and traditional culture of Georgian dance. The film 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.

This film was originally selected as June’s film in our monthly 2020 VAFF at Violet Crown series, which has since been cancelled in accordance with UVA’s COVID-19 policy.  We are pleased to share that And Then We Danced is now available to stream as part of the Violet Crown’s Virtual Cinema Series.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Violet Crown Charlottesville.


7:00 PM


Film Info

Director: Levan Akin

Runtime: 113 min.

Year: 2020

Country: Sweden, Georgia, France

Language: Georgian

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili