Country: GEORGIA, RUSSIA, POLAND
Run Time: 104 minutes
HOSTAGES recounts the brutal 1983 hijacking of a Georgian plane that was headed for Leningrad. The assailants were a group of young Georgians determined to escape the authority of Soviet rule. As the film shows, they can’t even take a dip in the Black Sea without being monitored by border guards. One of the lead characters, Nika, is disappointed in his father’s complacency regarding their country’s state of affairs. His feelings mirror those of his peers, who feel disillusioned and out of step with the older generation. They rebel by listening to the Beatles, longing for a life free of the chains of communism. They eventually turn this dream into reality, concocting a plan to escape the country by taking over an aircraft they initially believed would be empty. Instead, it’s full of civilian passengers, which puts holes in what they originally thought was a foolproof operation. Rezo Gigineishvili’s historical drama doesn’t exploit the violence that ensued, but instead aims to give context to a senseless, but desperate, tragedy. (In English, Georgian, and Russian with subtitles) —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 6:30 PM
International Narrative Competition
Rezo Gigineishvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1982. He studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). He currently lives and works in Georgia and Russia.
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