Doc Lounge Oulu

The Jump

Giedre Zickyte, 83 min, Lithuania, LatviaFrance, 2020

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During the 1970's Cold War an American patrol ship meets a Soviet ship to negotiate fishing rights on the Atlantic Ocean. As the negotiations are underway Liethuanian radio operator Simas Kurdika realizes his once-in-a-lifetime chance and makes his daring three meter leap over the freezing water to the American ship. Due to the volatile political situation, the Americans reluctantly return the would-be defector to the Soviet ship.

This is only the beginning of a dramatic story in which Kurdika is seen as a state traitor to the Soviet authorities and for Americans a symbol of freedom to rally around. Director Giedrė Žickytė makes use of archival material, interviews and new footage filmed on location to depict Kurdikas incredible life story.

Title: The Jump (Lithuania, Latvia, France 2020)
Director: Giedrė Žickytė
Length: 85 min
Language: Lithuanian, English
Subtitles: English