DIR: LEVAN AKIN. WITH: LEVAN GELBAKHIANI, BACHI VALISHVILI, ANA JAVAKISHVILI. SWEDEN, GEORGIA, FRANCE 2019. GEORGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Flame-haired Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary and is determined to become the touring company’s lead dancer. When charismatic new guy Irakli joins the class, he becomes both Merab’s strongest rival and the object of his desire. The second feature from Levan Akin, a Swedish-bornfilm-maker of Georgian descent, was one of the most talked-about titles at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight strand at Cannes. Featuring stunning examples of traditional Georgian dance and an extraordinarily physical performance from lead Levan Gelbakhiani, this is a gripping drama and love story that captures both the beauty and repressive social values of Tbilisi.
Screening as part of CINECITY: THe Brighton Film Festival 2019. Each year, CINECITY takes you on adventures in world cinema, bringing you the best in festival previews, live cinema and archive treasures.