• The Jump

    The Jump

Lithuania 2020 | 86 min.

Start festival: 04 November 2020, 10.00 am

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The Jump / Suolis

Lithuanian, English


A curious story from the Cold War era, about a Lithuanian seaman who was denied political asylum by the US coast guard in 1970.
In 1970, a Soviet fishing vessel was anchored off the coast of America, when a Lithuanian seaman jumped from it to the deck of a US Coast Guard boat, seeking political asylum. But in a series of miscommunications, the coast guard sent him back to his mother ship … Simas Kudirka has often told the story his spontaneous attempt to flee the Soviet Union, which sent him to Siberia, but also eventually to sunny Florida. Director Giedrė Žickytė does a masterful job of listening to Kudirka and illustrating this curious Cold War tale with historical TV news stories, witness interviews, excerpts from films, and re-enactments. Her film is a portrait of a man who fell into the machinery of the Soviet justice system, and burst into the headlines in the US press. Celebrated as a hero by the Americans, he became a pawn in the game of the superpowers, although all he really sought was personal happiness.

Nordic Film Days Talks: Click here for an interview with Giedrė Žickytė, the director of "The Jump".
Cast & Crew
Director: Giedrė Žickytė
Writer: Giedrė Žickytė
Camera: Rimvydas Leipus
Cast: Simas Kudirka, Ralph W. Eustis, Paul E. Pakos, Vytautas Urbonas, Daiva Kezys, Grazina Paegle, S. Paul Zumbakis, Henry A. Kissinger

Production: Giedrė Žickytė, Uldis Cekulis, Moonmakers,VSI
World Sales: MetFilm Sales
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