READY TO LIVE

PRET A VIVRE!

By George LEVASHOV-TUMANISHVILI

TASKOVSKI FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2014

A celebration of the human spirit; old-aged Georgians brought together by a love of the performing arts, united in their passion for theatre and their need to escape the perils of the everyday realities of life.

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IDFA 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • GEORGIA
    • Languages
    • GEORGIAN, RUSSIAN
    • Duration
    • 52 mn
    • Director(s)
    • George LEVASHOV-TUMANISHVILI
    • Producer(s)
    • Marina TSITSISHVILI
    • Synopsis
    • Our film is an admiration to elderly people who refuse to put up with the reality of old age; who with great pleasure use every chance to express their attitude to the world, to art, to eternity…

      The main characters of this tragi-comedy are elderly people of different professions, united in their passion for theatre. A leading scientist from the Academy, a ninety-nine year old clown, old prostitutes, a poet, an accordionist from the subway, an aging artist’s model and a revolutionary, all brought together by Mr Tariel, a retired theatre prompter with 50 years’ experience. For all of them, performing on stage has always been the dream of a life-time and Mr Tariel’s ambition is to mount a production from snippets of all the thousands of plays that he knows off by heart. These include world classics as well as Georgian heroic works.

      The group meets regularly in a large apartment in the centre of old Tbilisi where they have made a makeshift theatre. They rehearse with great pleasure, in the hope that they will someday make it to a real stage to showcase their talent to a delighted audience.

      Soon they realize that they need more actors like them so they put up posters around the town inviting elderly enthusiasts to come for audition. Many people come. Somehow word spreads to London and Bill McAlister, art curator turned film producer gets involved. Through his contacts some famous foreign actors start appearing in Tbilisi including Sian Phillips, Roget Lloyd Pack and Ann Firbank as well as many members of the public.

      Just as the piece is taking shape, the players get a letter from the council saying that their shabby building is going to be demolished and replaced with a modern supermarket where of course, there is no room for old romantics. They are indignant and organize a demonstration on the streets of Tbilisi with slogans of “No to Violence!” “Freedom to Art!”“Pret a Vivre!” But their efforts are in vain and the building is inevitably destroyed.

      In the final scene of the film, the players are sitting dejectedly in the mountain meadows high above Tbilisi. Noshrevan, the scientist says: Do you remember what Shakespeare said? “All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players.”
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