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Tangerines

Mandariinid

Zaza Urushadze | 2013 | 87 MINS
Estonia/Georgia | Subtitles
Audience Award - Festival 2015

The Oscar-nominated film about Georgian farmers caught up in a bloody civil war won the audience award for best film at the 2015 Chichester International Film Festival.

In Detail

Set in 1992, in the post-Soviet Caucasus, where Georgians are fighting a war with secessionist Abkhazians, backed by Russia.

Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) is an elderly ethnic Estonian who, with his friend Margus (Elmo Nüganen), is a tangerine farmer; they fear the fighting will destroy their entire crop. Disaster strikes, and Ivo finds himself having to offer tense hospitality to one wounded fighter from each side.

It is tremendous storytelling: engaging, intelligent, and with some lovely touches. The wonderful, sensitive ‘Tangerines’ is a plea for tolerance - an appeal which should always be heard. It is a must-see.

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