June 7 - Sharon Stone and Andy Garcia premiere ''5 Days of War'' in Georgian capital Tbilisi. Cindy Martin reports.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL It's not the usual sort of fare one sees in this part of the world - glamourous Hollywood stars against the backdrop of a war-ravaged eastern European country. Sharon Stone isn't in the movie she was promoting in the Georgian capital Tbilisi but fellow actor Andy Garcia is. He plays current Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili in the movie "5 Days in August". It tells the story of the five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. The movie portrays Russia and its soldiers as ruthless aggressors and is unlikely to improve strained relationships between the two countries. At 12 million dollars, the movie "5 Days in August" is the most expensive film the small, impoverished country has ever made. But ahead of the movie's screening, veteran director Renny Harlin said he was compelled to bring the movie to life at whatever cost. SOUNDBITE: Director Renny Harlin, At Start Of "5 Days Of August" Presentation, saying (English): "You know it's like, the crew and my cast, we were here to tell a story. We did not care what it took to make it. We wanted to tell a story and the world deserved to know the story. And when you're going to watch this, imagine what they are going to think in America and everywhere else. I hope you enjoy it." Earlier in the week, Sharon Stone was given a private tour of the presidential palace by the real-life Saakashvili. Appearing somewhat shy and slightly nervous, Stone later was seen joking and laughing with the president. It was Tbilisi's first Hollywood premiere, and judging by the success of the event, it's unlikely to be its last. Cindy Martin, Reuters