Watch: US Trailer for Oscar-Nominated 'Tangerines' from Georgia
"As soon as the tangerines are sold, I will leave." No, not Georgia the state. This film is from the country Georgia, next to Turkey and Armenia. Samuel Goldwyn has debuted their own trailer for a Georgian film called Tangerines, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year (though it lost to Ida, of course). Starring Lembit Ulfsak as Ivo, the film takes place in 1992 during the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines, but encounters two injured soldiers of opposite sides who he takes in. It also stars Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze and Misha Meskhi. This looks solid and got great buzz (a few reviews), so it might be worth checking out.
Here's the official US trailer for Zaza Urushadze's Tangerines, direct from Samuel Goldwyn's YouTube:
Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union's dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but the extended recovery has a humanizing effect that transcends ethnic divides. Set against a beautiful landscape defiled by war, this poetic film makes an eloquent statement for peace.
Tangerines is written and directed by Georgian filmmaker Zaza Urushadze, of The Guardian and Three Houses previously. It first premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival in 2013, and ended up with an Oscar nomination this year. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release in theaters on April 17th for anyone interested.