One of the few successes Georgia experienced during its five-day war with Russia in August 2008 was on the public relations front. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was a constant presence on Western television news pleading Georgia's case.
But wait, there's more. The BBC reported this morning that Andy Garcia will play the role of Saakashvili in a movie by the director of Die Hard 2.
The BBC claims Garcia usually plays in gangster or action movies, forgetting his Oscar-winning performance in Scent of a Woman and perhaps not aware that he produced and starred in The Lost City, which is set in his native pre-Castro Cuba. He is critical of the Cuban Communists, so perhaps it should not be a surprise that he is playing the leader of a country which has stood up to Russia.
Reuters reported that Bosnian Serb film maker Emir Kusturica, who has done very allegorical work on wars in Yugoslavia, turned down offers to produce a film on the Georgian war. Russian media had reported earlier that he was considering making a movie telling the South Ossetian side of the story.