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Dead Souls' Vacation

Film Discussion

An absurd, intimate slice of post-Soviet life, this documentary chronicles the relationship between a once popular Georgian musician and his elderly mother.

UK Premiere
Keko Chelidze, Georgia, 2020, Georgian with English subtitles, 66m

Filmed predominantly in their claustrophobic one-room apartment, this intimate observational documentary chronicles the turbulent relationship between Levan, a once popular Georgian musician, and his elderly mother Lamara, as they attempt to co-exist. An engaging and touching film, it draws attention not only to the complexities of family relationships, but also to the intense hardship that artists can face when going through difficult times. As the cumulative impact of poverty, isolation, addiction, and caring takes its toll on his mental health, can Levan overcome years of setbacks and rediscover his potential?

Content notes: alcohol addiction, references to drug use

How to Watch

Watch Dead Souls' Vacation on the SMHAF page at INDY On Demand. The film is available rent from 17-23 May for UK audiences.

Tickets are available on a Pay What You Can basis, using our sliding scale pricing. Tickets are FREE, £2, £4 and £6. To access the various prices, please click Rent and then tick the box “I have a promo code”. Enter the promo code for your ticket price – SMHAF0, SMHAF2 or SMHAF4 – and click apply. £6 is the default price, with no code required.

There will be a Zoom Q&A with director Keko Chelidze on Thursday 20 May at 8pm. It will take place as a webinar and be available to view on Facebook Live. Sorry that BSL interpretation will not be provided as advertised due to illness. Live captioning will be available instead. 


Mon 17th - Sun 23rd May
UK Audiences

Tickets: Pay What You Can (FREE, £2, £4, £6)

SMHAF Film Pass: £15 / £10

Book & WatchINDY On Demand

Accessibility: English subtitles available.


Thu 20th May
8PM - 9PM

Tickets: FREE


Accessibility: Live captioning will be provided for the discussion. If you have any further access requirements, please email Emily at [email protected].