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Saakashvili to show his “August” to Europe2011-04-07 20:05
"Deception is the most important art for us" (M.Saakashvili)
On April 14, the world at last is going to see Renny Harlin's 5 Days in August. The film will show the events of the war in South Ossetia in compliance with Mikhail Saakashvili's version. The long-suffering movie will demonstrate the artistic power of Val Kilmer and Andy Garcia paid for by the Georgian taxpayers. However, the future of Hallin's movie will evidently be as sad as the outcome of Mikhail Saakashvili's adventure in August 2008.
Rumours about Hollywood stage director Renny Harlin's intention to start working on a film about the twists and turns of the bloody events in South Ossetia spread almost two years ago. "I want to make a film telling about the conditions of human existence and even if it is watched by a small number of people who will perceive the message and the anti-war idea, it will mean that I've done something real and I will be proud of that", - Harlin told then. However, there was a suspicion that the director's fancy for the "five-day war" was attributed not to the sudden interest to the history of the Georgian-South-Ossetian conflict but to a sound fee paid by official Tbilisi. As Mikhail Saakashvili's opponents asserted, Georgia sponsored the film directly from the budget. An incredible sum was mentioned - about 40 million dollars. The head of the Georgian state in every way denied the rumours about his support of Harlin's work; however, the first trailers convinced even the most naïve audience that the authorities are directly engaged in the movie.
A video commercial presented to the public could be a perfect example of the overt "agitprop": the movie breaks the world into "black" and "white". There is a feeling that the film was released somewhere in 1983. Russia is presented as the Evil Empire that sent crowds of well-armed barbarians to plunder the helpless Georgia. And this cinematographic "cold war" bit will be screened not at night on cable TV as any "porn" film should be; it will be shown at a festival in Valencia on April 14. Moreover, Harlin-Saakashvili's creation will close this prestige cinema forum. It looks like its arrangers have also been treated kindly by the Georgian authorities.