And then we danced
Merab dances in the Georgian National Company with his partner Mary and dreams of a place in the main company. His existence is turned upside down when the charismatic Irakli one day joins the company and becomes his greatest rival, but also his greatest desire. Now Merab is facing the choice if he is to follow his heart and turn away from the conservative environment he is in – and then risk losing everything he has fought for. Swedish filmmaker Levan Akin got inspiration for this story when he saw how a Pride parade in Georgia was attacked by a homophobic mob. Kulturnyheternas film critic Fredrik Sahlin writes: “Without revealing too much, it must still be said that the end is well balanced, landing perfectly where it should, between hope and despair. And Merab's fate still lives on in your mind long after the curtain has fallen."
The film is Sweden's Oscar contribution 2019, and is also nominated in several categories at this year's Guldbaggegala.