Tangerines, a nominee in this years’ Oscar race for Foreign Language Film, has just been acquired for U.S. distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film marks the first time an Estonian film submission has been nominated for an Academy Award. Zaza Urushadze wrote and directed the drama which focuses on an older man who harvests tangerines (hence the title), and takes in two wounded soldiers from opposing sides in Georgian war of the early 1990s. Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nuganen, Mikhail Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Raivo Trass and Zurab Bealishvili star in the film.
Tangerines made is world premiere back in the fall of 2013 at the Warsaw Film Festival where it won the Best Director prize as well as the Audience Award. Since then the movie has done several film festival rounds, making appearances at the Seattle International Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and most recently, the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was also up for a Golden Globe Award in the Foreign Language Film category; which was considered a bit of surprise considering the films’ relatively low-profile.
A week from this Sunday Tangerines will square off against at the Academy Awards against Ida (from Poland), Leviathan (from Russia), Timbuktu (from Mauritania), and Wild Tales (from Argentina.) Samuel Goldwyn Films is planning a theatrical release sometime later this year.