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DirectorRezo Gigineishvili
ProducerMikhail Finogenov, Rezo Gigineishvili, Vladimer Katcharava, Tamara Tatishvili; 20 Steps Productions (GE), Ink TV (RU), Nebo Film (RU), Extreme Emotions (PL)
WriterLasha Bugadze, Rezo Gigineishvili
CastTina Dalakishvili, Irakli Kvirikadze, Giga Datiashvili, Merab Ninidze, Darejan Kharshiladze, Giorgi Grdzelidze, George Tabidze, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Vakhtang Chachanidze
EditorAndrey Gamov, Jaroslav Kaminski
CameraVladislav Opelyants
Screening3 November 2017 | 19:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
4 November 2017 | 17:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original TitleMZEVLEBI
Length104 min
SectionNEW VOICES – feature length films

A thriller by Rezo Gigineishvili, premiered at Berlinale: this film fictionalised the tragic hostage crisis that happened in 1983 in Georgia. Screenings are followed by Q&A with the producer Tamara Tatishvili.


A group of young artists and their progressive friends made “almost a perfect plan” to hijack an airplane on the commercial flight from Tbilisi in order to escape Soviet regime repression. However, their amateurish plan went horribly wrong leaving several passengers dead and injured, after the army got involved in a rescue mission. Made in the form of a hijacking thriller, this film tackles the dilemma: how high is the price one is willing to pay for the idea of freedom? With its well-built suspense, this film leaves you with an open question: who is the hostage here – passengers or a group of youngsters? Or maybe all of them?

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Berlin International Film Festival, 2017 – Panorama Special | Sochi Open Russian Film Festival, 2017 – Best Cinematographer, Best Direction | Edinburg International Film Festival, 2017 | Shanghai International Film Festival, 2017 | Telluride Film Festival, USA 2017 | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2017

Director’s bio

Rezo Gigineishvili is a Georgian film director, born in Tbilisi in 1982. He studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Gigineishvili is an established commercial director who is now transiting into auteur cinema, emphasizing his directorial signature and commitment to the audience. With “Hostages” he is focusing fully on the issues that concern him as an artist.