THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 "AND THEN WE DANCED" (CERT 15). 

Sweden/France/Georgia 2019.  109 minutes. In Georgian with English subtitles. 

Directed by Levan Akin.  Starring Levan Gelbakhiani and Bakhi Valishvili. 

This Georgian coming-of-age drama follows Merab, who has trained with the Georgian National Dance Ensemble since childhood, and whose sole ambition is to join the elite troupe, escape the confines of his conservative country and travel the world.  Set in modern Tbilisi and the surrounding countryside, the film offers a colourful perspective on an unfamiliar culture, and is propelled by a terrific performance from professional dancer, Gebhalkiani in his first leading role.  The dance sequences are breathtaking.