Sweden, Georgia, France


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.

Director's Statement

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.

Director's Biography

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.


Cast & Crew

Directed by: Levan Akin

Written by: Levan Akin

Produced by: Mathilde Dedye, Ketie Danelia

Cinematography: Lisabi Fridell

Editing: Levan Akin, Simon Carlgren

Production Design: Teo Baramidze

Costume Design: Nini Jincharadze

Make-Up & Hair: Eka Chikhradze

Original Score: Zviad Mgebry

Sound: Beso Kacharava

Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani (Merab), Bachi Valishvili (Irakli), Ana Javakhishvili (Mary)

Nominations and Awards

  • European University Film Award 2019
  • European Actor 2019
  • Feature Film Selection 2019