Banned Estonian Film, "City Unplugged", Becomes Available For First Time


Banned 15 years ago because of governmental resistance in early post-Soviet Estonia, the original, uncensored version of “City Unplugged” is now available on DVD and downloads through the distributor IndiePix films .

Directed by Ilkka Javilatury 1993, “City Unplugged” is set in Tallinn, 1991, shortly after Estonia separated from the Soviet Union, and squarely depicts the uneasy and chaotic times that faced the newly independent nation. The portrait of a country in flux is a reason many give for its eventual banning by the government.

IndiePix President Bob Alexander expressed the importance of this release, noting, “ [its]a great achievement for us to be able to distribute the original version, which includes such poignant and touching scenes as the World War Two Russian Memorial. Our aim is to continue finding and distributing such unique films to film-lovers around the world.”

A heist film that includes a complex scheme by Russian mobsters to hijack gold reserves that are newly acquired by independent Estonia, “City Unplugged” has been compared by some as a Baltic version of Reservoir Dogs.

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