The Jump

The Jump

23rd TDF: Greek Premiere

It’s Thanksgiving Day, 1970, the Atlantic Ocean. A US patrol boat meets a Soviet fishing vessel. A Soviet sailor jumps across the icy water onto the American boat in a frantic bid for freedom. To his horror, and to the outcry of the world media, the Americans return him to the Soviets. Through rare archival footage and a dramatic, first-person re-enactment by the would-be defector, 86-year-old Simas Kudirka, we relive one of the most unpredictable Cold War muddles. A stranger-than-fiction journey that became an inspiration for people, pictures and politics.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Giedrė Žickytė
Script: Giedrė Žickytė
Cinematography: Rimvydas Leipus
Editing: Thomas Ernst, Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound: Jonas Maksvytis
Music: Kipras Mašanauskas
Production: Moonmakers, VFS Films
Producers: Giedrė Žickytė, Uldis Cekulis
Co-production: LRT, WDR, MDR, VIÀVOSGES
Co-producers: Catherine Simeon
Format: Digital File
Color: Color
Production Country: Lithuania, Latvia, France
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 85'
Contact: MetFilm Sales
Awards/Distinctions: Best Documentary Feature – Warsaw IFF 2020

Giedrė Žickytė


2011 How We Played the Revolution
2014 Master and Tatyana
2020 The Jump