Synopsis: Movie describes real events that took place in 1983 when seven young Georgians, all from intellectual elite families, attampted to flee the Soviet Union by hijacking an airliner. The crisis ended with a storming of the airliner by Soviet special forces that resulted in eight dead. The surviving hijackers were subsequently tried and executed.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Rezo Gigineishvili
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min


They were gifted,

talented people,

But does having talent

mean that the rules don't apply?

Their socialist motherland provided them

with everything they needed.

They studied foreign languages,

How did they repay this?

Instead of selflessly serving

their motherland

and becoming

respectable Soviet citizens,

They used their youth and talent

to commit a heinous crime.

Now they must accept

their deserved punishment.

This is painful

to comprehend.

Zura, come with me.

Let's go.


What're you doing?

I'm going back.

- Hey, got a smoke?

- Yes.

Tell your guys to get out.

Swimming is not allowed after 23:00.

American "Camel"?

Can I have two?

5 more minutes, please.

I can't allow it, I will be punished.

Are you afraid they might

swim to Turkey?

I said it's not allowed.

Get going.

Get moving.

Take your things.

Wait here.

Tired, Batono Shota?

- Sorry for making you wait.

- It's nothing.

I've troubled you.

Here, they brought a folder

from below.

Please, take a look.


They were in Tbilisi a month ago.

They met with your son.

Did they visit your home?

I doubt it,

my wife would have said something.


Just recently, they attempted to enter

the waters of the Baltic.

- The sea?

- Yeah.

- Is it prohibited?

- Of course.

I didn't know.

The waters are a maritime border,

so it's considered a breach

of border control.

They wanted to escape.

No, we keep close track

of Sandro.

Does he go to church?

He does.

But he's an artistic person,

how can you fully understand him?

Yeah, it's hard.

I'm an atheist myself.

I bring knowledge to the people.

I'm a professor.

Batono Shota,

I want to ask you.

If you see anything strange,

be sure to let us know.

We won't miss anything.

Dear comrades!

It's not working.

Come help.

Good day!

- Batono Shota, how are you?

- You know, I feel like an old man.

Guram, forgive me,

I'm tearing you away from work.

They're planning something,

but I'm afraid to ask what.

They're old enough,

I can't constantly watch over them.

What do I do at the KGB?

What do I say?

I understand.

Let's not talk here.

I'll take care of everything.

Come in.

What's with him?

He's been angry since the morning.

Go talk to him.

What happened?

- You don't know?

- No.

Your Sandro's father

came by.

You know

that the KGB summoned him?

I'll tear your tongue out.

What, am I supposed

to not talk to anyone?

You babble too much.

You want to create problems for me?

Who are these Estonians?

What Estonians,

are you crazy?

What're you crazy?

I'll send him off to the army,

that'll straighten him!

Everything is OK,


Hurry up.

I'll stay here,

you go inside.


Sandro, wait.


you can't go here.

You've decided

to become a priest?

You want me

to kill myself?

He can't come here.

Do you know that they're

throwing him out of the academy?!

Let him decide

for himself.

What, are you going to take care of him

after then? Stop clouding his mind!

Don't sin,

you're in a church.

How dare you?

I was 10 years old

when they shot my parents.

- Is Arthur here?

- Yeah, upstairs.

I'll be back

in 5 minutes.

You can't even imagine

what I got!

Hey, Father.

- Do you have anything good?

- Father took everything good already.

Oh, please give this to me,

I've been looking for it for a month.

30 rubles.

Here's the money.

Give it to him,

or he'll start crying.

You won't be able

to listen to it on this anyway.

Do you want any original Marlboros?

We just got a shipment.

Misha, you're a strange fellow!

This is a priest, they don't smoke.

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Lasha Bugadze

Lasha Bugadze (born 1977) is a Georgian novelist and playwright. Among his noteworthy plays are Shocked Tatyana, which satirizes war heroism, and Soldier, Love, Bodyguard and ... the President. more…

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