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Rezo Gigineishvili presented a drama about the capture of the Georgian aircraft in 1983

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Two days ago at the 67th international Berlin film festival Director Rezo Gigineishvili presented his new work “Hostages” (the Hostages).

Before the film Rezo and actors Irakli Kvirikadze, Tinatin Dalakishvili Gocha, Merab Ninidze presented a picture of reporters.


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The film is based on real events, when in November 1983 a group of seven young men and one female students decided to escape from the USSR to the USA, taking the Tu-134A. As you know, on 19 November, the special forces stormed the plane. Of the 57 people on Board killed seven: two pilots and a flight attendant and two passengers and two invaders, 12 passengers were seriously injured. A young woman was sentenced to 14 years in prison and the other was shot.

Still from the film

One of the roles in the film played the wife of the Director of Nadezhda Mikhalkova, but to be present at the premiere she didn’t.


Shooting took more time. For four years Rezo and Lasha Bugadze wrote the script. According to Rezo, during this time, they were able to interview hundreds of witnesses to the incident. But the hardest part was to find the aircraft, “TU-134 do not remain. We barely found this model — in Perm. There we this plane was cut into 4 pieces and transported to Moscow, and the pavilion was re-built for interior filming,” — said the Gigineishvili.

Hope Mikhalkov

Razo also admitted that he did not set itself the task to rewrite history: “We weren’t on the plane, and we don’t know how it really is. But the Soviet propaganda made it so that these young people ranked as the villains and blamed. And then in the period of “independent Georgia” they began to romanticize. But neither the one nor the other does not satisfy me”.


Also Rezo told that the time of filming all the actors and crew “missed the drama through”: “If you look at how the artists looked like before and after filming, you can clearly see how changed their faces — they have matured not only in physical but also in moral terms”.


Release date of the picture in the Russian hire is still unknown.

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