Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.

Curator’s sight:

Tradition, it has been said, is the illusion of permanence. Within each of us lies the desire to be in a flow, linked to what was before us and to what will remain after us. So it is with Merab, protagonist in the film from Georgian-born Swede Levan Akin. Merab shares his passion for traditional Georgian dancing with his group of companions from the National Georgian Ensemble. But something powerful and upsetting will make him question the logic of belonging to a world that might become a prison for his soul: love.


Levan Atkin


French Quarter Film, Takes Film, AMA Productions, RMV Film, Inland Film AB