Hollywood’s treatment of the Russia-Georgia war in 2008 is about to hit movie theaters in the United States. The Georgian-funded action flick, titled Five Days of August, seems to blur the line between entertainment and propaganda.
The film, scheduled to open June 19 in the United States, clearly aspires to be a summer blockbuster. Having a budget of $12 million, the film was directed by Renny Harlin, who has a couple of big-grossing credits to his name, namely Die Hard 2 (1990) and Cliffhanger (1993). Five Days of August also has some star power, with Andy Garcia playing Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Rupert Friend acts as the movie’s protagonist in the role of an American journalist, with Val Kilmer appearing as a Dutch reporter.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a Georgia-based freelance journalist and writes EurasiaNet's Tamada Tales blog.