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An absolutely different movie

2009-10-27 23:56

4395.jpegThe Georgia-Film motion picture studio, which used to be one of the major studios of the Soviet Union with a galaxy of talented stage directors awarded with numerous international diplomas, prizes and awards, is making a poor show today. Empty studios, cockroaches running along the cutting tables, no stage directors. Some of them died, others are gone to France, Israel or Russia... Movies in Georgia are now made by the Americans.


Renny Harlin, a Finn, shoots multi-thousand crowd scenes in Tbilisi with the Georgians feigning the last year meeting in support of Saakashvili. Perhaps, this was the last meeting when the Georgians did not criticize their president. After that, thousands of Tbilisians came out into the streets to take part in the oppositional meetings calling upon the president to resign.

Mikhail Saakashvili jumped at staging a second-rate Hollywood military blockbuster with the enthusiasm of a bigot that has been given a certain sign. A movie under the code name of Georgia and the two Hollywood aged "stars", the legendary Well Kilmer and Andy Garcia is to become the "magic stick" that will restore the image of the Georgian president. From the "Knight of perfect democracy", the latter has turned into a villain obsessed by a thirst of a war.

The authors of the movie keep stressing the anti-war message of their creation. However, a correspondent of The Independent English periodical fears lest the movie should become the voice of the official Georgian version of events. The fact that the Georgian government provides governmental buildings and military equipment for shooting and that a parliamentarian of Saakashvili's party is one of the co-producers of the film is another ground for such fear.

The Georgian president needs regaining the status of the Knight of perfect democracy; the question is whether he will manage to win the recognition of the Western public, which next spring in Cannes will, perhaps, lightly applause to Andy Garcia's performance who is going to say from screen: "Do not let them deceive you tonight; we are not alone". The Georgians are well aware of the fact that today they become more and more isolated in the whole of the post-Soviet territory; the European capitals have got less favor for the English-speaking Georgian leader who says a lot of fine words and does a lot of mean things.

When his biography motion picture project about the Finnish politician Mannerheim failed, Renny Harlin did not find other way than going into apologetics of the Georgian president that has failed both in the country and in the foreign policy arena. Well, the song is played for the one who pays for it.

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