87 minutes, Estonia-Georgia, 2013, Subtitled, Digital

This film was released on Friday 18th September 2015 and is no longer screening.

The first Estonian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines is set in 1992, during the War in Abkhazia, a territory which resisted Georgia’s claim of authority, and in which there were a number of Estonian settlers. Two of these, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and neighbour Margus (Elmo Nüganen), are among the few such who have stayed in the area, in order to harvest the season’s crop of tangerines. Following a skirmish on his doorstep, Ivo takes in a wounded soldier from each side.

Despite their antipathy for each other, the two respect his demand that there be peace between them while under his care. Although the soldiers come to recognise each other’s humanity, the continuing conflict is never far away in this delicate and poignant statement on the futility of war. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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