That Sweet Word: Liberty!

That Sweet Word: Liberty!
Directed by Vytautas Žalakevičius
Written by Valentin Yezhov
Vytautas Žalakevičius
Starring Lorents Arushanyan
Cinematography Vladimir Nakhabtsev
Mosfilm, Lithuanian film studio
Release dates
  • July 1973 (1973-07)
Running time
163 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

That Sweet Word: Liberty! (Russian: Это сладкое слово — свобода!, translit. Eto sladkoye slovo - svoboda!) is a 1973 Soviet drama film directed by Vytautas Žalakevičius. It was entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize.[1] The film was shot in Chile shortly before 1973 Chilean coup d'état. The basis for the plot is a real story: the escape from San-Carlos prison in Venezuela of three political prisoners - Guillermo García Ponce, Pompeyo Márquez and Teodoro Petkoff.


In an unnamed Latin American country after a coup d'état, a military junta comes to power. The army deployed to the streets, the civilian population is exposed to hard terror. A wave of arrests follows, some former senators - liberals and communists - are sent to prison.

Some patriots that have gone underground try to figure a plan for their release. They buy a small shop opposite the prison in the name of Francisco and Maria Vardes. From its basement they plan to build a 90-meter tunnel.

Three years of enormous effort, deaths and nervous breakdowns are not spent in vain. The inmates run away, but while at large, the oldest of them, Senator Miguel Carrera suffers a heart failure. He dies in a safe house on the eve of a meeting with journalists.



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