The young dancer Merab tries with tireless workout to become successful in the ensemble. His dream is to be a part of the main ensemble and he does his utmost to reach his goal.
The arrival of the new dancer Irakli threatens everything. Irakli dances effortlessly with unwavering confidence. He quickly rises within the ranks and becomes a top contender for the spot in the main ensemble. In Merab's desperate struggle of achieving greatness, he must now overcome his ultimate obstacle.
Original title: DA CHVEN VITSEKVET
Production country/ies: Sweden, Georgia, France
Duration: 112 min.
Directed by Levan Akin
Written by Levan Akin
Produced by Mathilde Dedye, Ketie Danelia
Cinematography by Lisabi Fridell
Edited by Levan Akin, Simon Carlgren
Production Design by Teo Baramidze
Costume Design by Nini Jincharadze
Hair & Make-Up by Eka Chikhradze
Sound by Beso Kacharava
Original Score by Zviad Mgebry
Main Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani as Merab, Bachi Valishvili as Irakli, Ana Javakhishvili as Mary
To me, this film is an exploration on discovering and owning your own truth and channeling it through expression; on having the courage to be earnest with your intent and emotions, and to stop hiding. What better way to show this than through dance? Making of this film was also a very personal challenge for me, as this is by far my most personal film yet.
Levan Akin is a Swedish-born filmmaker of Georgian descent and his work often plays on class and gender. He most recently directed AND THEN WE DANCED which premiered in Cannes at the Director's Fortnight section in 2019. His other works include THE CIRCLE, based on the best-selling YA book. He has also directed the feature film CERTAIN PEOPLE which received its international premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews. He has also directed several TV series for SVT Drama, most notably REAL HUMANS (re-made in the US/UK as HUMANS for AMC). Currently, Levan is writing and directing a new TV series for SVT titled DOUGH, set to premiere in the spring of 2021.