The Russian flick is a romantic drama depicting Georgia as a "genocidal aggressor" that invades the powerless breakaway region of South Ossetia. Eventually, the altruistic Russian military is forced to step in and protect the Ossetians.
The Georgian government, on the other hand, has taken its side of the story to Hollywood director Renny Harlin, the man behind Die Hard 2. Andy Garcia of Godfather III fame will play "the embattled Georgian President standing up to Russian tanks." Though Saakashvili has said the film was not financed by his government, Time interviewed the screenplay writer who seems to have given a more candid response:
The author of the screenplay, David Imedashvili, tells TIME that the initial funding for the project came from a Georgian government fund. Projects like this, he said, give Georgia a rare chance to hit back at its bullying northern neighbor. "Georgia is a very small country, Russia is a giant," Imedashvili says. "It's idiotic to fight a war with Russia, but we have to do something. We have to defend ourselves in some other way."Here's a trailer of the Russian flick: