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Dan Istrate



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Adaptation of Day 1, Story 10 from the Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

“Leeks, Onions, and Pork Fat”

Film by Dan Istrate

Directed by: Ludovic Jolivet & Dan Istrate

Edited by: Ludovic Jolivet

Producers: Francesca Jandasek, Dan Istrate

Camera Operators:  Ludovic Jolivet, Stephanie Yezek Jolivet

Makeup:  Francesca Jandasek

Cast: Dan Istrate, Francesca Jandasek, Stephanie Yezek Jolivet, Chloe Cat

Music:  La Promesa by Tula Ben Ari, Tango Butterfly by Ilya Truhanov, Mashu Hazak by Oved Pinchover Quartet, Goodbye Youth Tango by Ilya Truhanov


Alberto experiences an unexpected connection when his daily rhythm is interrupted by

two beautiful younger women.



Synetic Theater DECAMERON online show July 2020 (Award)

Frostbite International Indie Fest October 2nd, 2020

FilmFest by Rogue Dancer November 14 2020

Short Film Factory January 2021

Night of Comedy Shorts December 2020 (Semi-Finalist)

Eastern Europe Festival January 2021 (Finalist)

Wallachia Film Festival September 2021 (Semi-Finalist)

REVIEW:  DC Theater Scene

REVIEW:  Washington City Paper

A background on the Decameron...

“In the face of the Black Death, the pandemic that ravaged 14th-century Europe, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote at the time, “all the wisdom and ingenuity of man were unavailing.” Well, maybe not all: Boccaccio’s masterpiece “The Decameron” imagines 10 young people fleeing the plague-swept city of Florence for the relative safety of the countryside, where their pastimes include telling 100 stories, including innuendo-threaded romps, moral parables and tragic romances." (#WashingtonPost)

Director Biography - Ludovic Jolivet, Dan Istrate

Ludovic Jolivet, native of Paris, France, is a multimedia artist focusing on dance, film, and photography. Mr. Jolivet has created dances for both film and stage that have been presented at venues and dance festivals worldwide. Mr. Jolivet has taught dance and theatre courses at universities in the DC area including teaching dance and film for the MFA program at The George Washington University. Ludovic Jolivet currently lives in the Los Angeles area, continuing to coach choreographers and performers, while working on his own artistic projects. He is currently working on a multimedia project, “Indecent Exposure”, which takes dance, music, photography, and 50 interviews of women to address issues around the female body in today’s society.

Dan Istrate was born in Romania, graduated from the University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest, moved to the United States in 1998, and lives in Los Angeles. Synetic Credits include: Dracula, Don Quixote, Faust, Frankenstein, Host and Guest, Master and Margarita, Christmas Carol, Tempest, The Three Musketeers, and Titus Andronicus. He has also performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Theatre J, The Players Theater (NY), and internationally in Romania, Georgia, Turkey, Slovakia, France, and South Korea. Film and TV Credits: “Her Tango”, “Dinner with the Alchemist”, “Antrum”, “Punks”, “Double Ecstasy”, “StartUp” (Sony Crackle), “Great News” (NBC), “S.W.A.T.” (CBS), “Sexpectations” (Crisis Lab). As a dancer he has collaborated with Sharna Fabiano Tango Company and Baredances Collaborative. He produced and co-created two feature length films (now on Amazon Prime), "Her Tango", and "Golani", and two short films, "Put the Devil Back in Hell", and "Leeks, Onions, and Pork Fat".

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