Russia shoots ‘Bourne-style’ action movie about war in Georgia

Russia shoots ‘Bourne-style’ action movie about war in Georgia

19 Mar, 10:58 PM

A top Russian TV channel will soon show the movie dedicated to last autumn’s war in the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia. The action movie, reportedly resembling Hollywood’s Bourne trilogy, clearly explains to the audience who started the August war.

The trailer for "Olympus Inferno" shows its two young heroes ducking gunfire, explosions, and a raging Georgian officer firing his pistol, Reuters reports.

The film is set to highlight the debate between Moscow and Tbilisi, about who started the five-day war over the pro-Russian region of South Ossetia, which broke away from Tbilisi in the early 1990s. Diplomatic ties between the countries remain cut.

The film, which will be shown on March 29, is "something like the Bourne films," said a spokeswoman for Channel One, referring to the Hollywood action movies starring Matt Damon.

The fictional account tells of a US-based entomologist and a female Russian journalist, who unintentionally capture evidence that Georgia started the conflict using a special camera night-lens as they attempt to film rare night butterflies.

The two face obstacles as they try to get through the frontlines of advancing Georgian forces and back to South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali, with proof of who started the war.

Months of skirmishes between separatists and Georgian troops erupted into war in August when Georgia sent troops and tanks to retake the pro-Russian rebel region of South Ossetia, which threw off Tbilisi's rule in 1991-92.

Russia responded with a counter-strike that drove the Georgian army out of South Ossetia.

Moscow's troops pushed further into Georgia, saying they needed to prevent further Georgian attacks. The West condemned Russia for a "disproportionate response" to Georgia's actions.

Tags: art, Georgia, war in Ossetia

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