AND THEN WE DANCED
"Perhaps we take for granted the power of film. We tend to dismiss certain stories with a casual 'it’s just a movie'. But And Then We Danced speaks to what movies are capable of. Film, and especially queer film, is a political act. It has the power to move someone, enrage them or even change their point of view."
— Levan Akin
DATE: Friday 6 March 2020
TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Join us for the Opening Night Gala.
Enjoy complimentary drink on arrival in the foyer from 6:30pm, for 7pm film in cinema.
Country Georgia, Sweden
Language Georgian with English subtitles
Director Levan Akin
Run Time 106min
Cast Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili
Awards & Screenings Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, Jury award for Best Feature - IMAGE+NATION, Audience Award - Mezipatra Queer Film Festival.
Source Totem Films
The gender conservative ancient Georgian dance scene is the setting for a story about Merab, a headstrong young dancer who desperately struggles to rise above the mediocrity and poverty surrounding him. Going through rigorous auditions, he dedicates his life to obtaining a place in the prestigious Georgian National Ensemble. The last minute addition of Irakli in the dance troupe threatens to destroy everything Merab has fought so hard for. Irakli is everything Merab is not. He dances effortlessly with unwavering confidence. In Merab’s desperate struggle to achieve greatness, he decides to break the codes and risk it all.
"A visual metaphor for the pain and ecstasy of someone finally fully living their own truth" - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Screening with short film Boldly Go
Director Christopher Cosgrove
Run Time 5min
Cast Adam Sollis and Nicolai Lafayette
A young gay man is hiding an embarrassing secret about his body. When a long-term crush begins seducing him at a party, he is forced to confront his shame and expose the truth, or risk losing the boy of his dreams.
Boldly Go is a coming-of-age love story that examines the emotional transition from shame to acceptance. Shame is a burden frequently shared by those in both the queer and differently-abled communities. It is the toxic manifestation of a society that frequently tells us we are either unwanted or insufficient. Overcoming shame requires an individual to accept themselves for who they truly are, and to share that person honestly and openly with others.
— Christopher Cosgrove