New York, US - 28 March, 2008 - IndiePixfilms, the internet-based distributor of independent films, has announced the exclusive release of City Unplugged - 15 years after the film was banned due to resistance within the post-Soviet regime. For the first time, the original, uncensored version of the Estonian-based film is available to film-lovers on DVD and to download. City Unplugged is part of IndiePix's distinctive collection of independent films, including over 200 exclusive films, which highlights the unique offerings online film distributors have available to an international audience.
City Unplugged was directed by Ilkka Jarvilaturi in 1993 and uses Estonia's declaration of Independence as its backdrop, but it has taken 15 years for the official resistance surrounding the film to evaporate. The post-Soviet regime banned the film's release, many believe, because of its critical view towards the fragile new society and also its violent content.
In the words of Bob Alexander, President of IndiePix: "One of the things I love most about being a part of IndiePix is knowing that we have the ability and the resources to distribute rare gems like City Unplugged. The filmmaker and cast have waited a very long time for this moment and for such a fantastic film to be kept under wraps for so long is very frustrating. City Unplugged has finally reached an international audience as well as its home audience and it's also 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."
Described by the New York Daily News as "Reservoir Dogs go Baltic", City Unplugged provides the ultimate heist set-up, crossed with a love-story and tinged with black comedy. With very little money and a baby on the way, naïve electrician, Toivo, is encouraged by his heavily pregnant wife to participate in a Russian Mob's ploy to steal the Baltic nation's $1 billion gold reserve - by plunging the entire capital city, Tallinn, into darkness. However, Toivo has no choice but to turn against the mob and rectify his actions when his wife goes into premature labour - without the aid of an incubator his newborn baby will die.
The film is available from the IndiePix website www.indiepixfilms.com priced from $17.95. Readers can click here to see a trailer of this film.
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