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Hostages Dir. Rezo Gigineishvili

  • Georgia
  • 103 mins
  • 2017
  • Drama
  • Colour
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Main Cast: Irakli Kvirikadze, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Avtandil Makharadze

Soviet Georgia, 1983. Preparations for Nika and Ana’s wedding are in full swing and it’s a big day for both of their elite families. For the newlyweds and their friends, however, the celebrations are in fact part of a cover-up, as they plot an audacious escape from the Soviet Union. They plan to flee their claustrophobic daily lives, discover the free world and break out from their parents’ stifling worldview.

The day after the wedding, Nika and Ana decide to move forward with their riskiest plan yet: hijacking a local flight from Tbilisi to Batumi and forcing it to land in Turkey, the closest country to Georgia that isn’t part of the Eastern Block. But as the plane leaves the ground and the pressure quickly rises, nothing goes as planned for these amateur would-be hijackers.

Based on a true story, this is a terrific, stylish film from Rezo Gigineishvili, which has unearthed some outstanding Georgian acting talent.

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