Paris-based sales outfit Totem Films has joined “And Then We Danced” director Levan Akin’s new, as-yet-untitled project, which has just finished shooting in Istanbul. Totem will present the film to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
The story “is about finding your family, not your blood relatives, but those who accept and love you unconditionally, without prejudice, for who you are,” said the production company, French Quarter Film.
Akin said of the project: “All my life, Istanbul and its inhabitants have held a special place in my heart, and I am very excited to share this world and its unique places with viewers very soon.”
Totem Films said: “Levan absolutely knows how to capture authentic atmosphere and characters. We launched Totem at Cannes 2019 with ‘And Then We Danced’. What a pleasure to continue our collaboration with this tribe!”
Akin’s Georgia-set “And Then We Danced” premiered at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes before playing in the spotlight category at Sundance. A coming-of-age story set in the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film received one of the longest-running accolades at the Cannes Film Festival. The film later sparked protests in Georgia due to its depiction of a gay love story.
“And Then We Danced” won several awards for Totem, along with healthy sales in over 40 international territories as well as touring the festival circuit.
The new film, which is a Swedish/Danish/French/Turkish/Georgian co-production, is produced by Mathilde Dedy of French Quarter Films and co-produced by Katja Adomit of Adomit Films, Nadia Turinsev and Omar El Kadi of Easy Riders. Films, 1991 Productions Anna Khajaradze and Nino Chichua, Veer Films Ersan Kongar and SVT’s Anna Kronman and Charlotte Denward. Executive producers are Ludwig Andersson of RMV Films and Mattias Sandström of French Quarter Films.