Project Description

Simas Kurdirka looking at the sea
Simas Kurdika with backlight
Simas kurdirka in the red light boat
Simas Kurdirka in times square

THE JUMP

In 1970, just off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Lithuanian sailor and would-be defector Simas Kudirka jumped off his Soviet vessel aboard a US coast guard cutter, asking for asylum. His leap for freedom set off a chaotic series of events, leading to one of the biggest political muddles during the Cold War.

Director: Giedrė Žickytė
Producer: Giedrė Žickytė, Uldis Cekulis
Co-producer: Catherine Siméon, Daniel J. Chalfen
With the support of: Lithuanian Film Centre, Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée, PROCIREP – ANGOA, Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Production, National Film Centre of Latvia, Vilnius City Municipality, U.S. Embassy in Vilnius Federal Grant, Lithuanian Foundation in Chicago
In co-production with: MDR – Mitteldeutcher Rundfunk; WDR – Westdeutscher Rundfunk; LRT – Lithuanian National Radio and Television, VFS Films (Latvia), Faites Un Voeu (France)
In association with: France televisions, SVT, YLE, LTV, ERR, Naked Edge Films (USA)
International sales: Vesna Cudic for MetFilm Sales, UK
Release: 2020

Pitching Forums
Independent Filmmaker Project, Brooklyn NY (2017)
IDFA Pitching Forum (2016)
Sheffield Doc/Fest Meet Market (2015)
Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (2015)
Eurodoc (2015)
Warsaw Film Festival (2020) – Best Documentary Award
Rome Film Festival (2020) – Italian premiere
Doc NYC (2020) – North American premiere

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