It was a case of deja vu for the residents of a small town in Georgia when a Hollywood crew turned up to make a film based on last year’s Georgian-Russian war.Using the same streets and settings, locals not only watched the unfolding drama but actively participated in the story set in the five day conflict. Executive producer, Michael Flannigan: “ I think our main concern was to show war as a bad thing. You know there are a lot of wars going on and this one kind of landed on us and we had an opportunity to really make an anti-war film and that is, I think, really a primary goal.” Playing Georgia’s flamboyant President Mikheil Saakashvili is movie star Andy Garcia of Ocean’s Eleven fame. The film’s plot revolves around a journalist and a cameraman caught up in the conflict – but history according to Hollywood aside, both governments of Russia and Georgia are more keen to push their own version of events.
Hollywood comes to Georgia