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Film Club – Tangerines
30th March 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| €7
Director: Zaza Urushadze
89 minutes Estonia/Georgia 2013 Cert: CLUB
Language: Estonian, Russian
The first Estonian film to make the foreign language Oscar nominations shortlist since the country started entering films in 1992, Zaza Urushadze’s humanistic and moving story of how an innocent villager get caught up in the 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict after he takes in a pair of men from opposites sides of the war, is fully deserving of the recognition.
Set during the brutal 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, Zaza Urushadze’s anti-war story roots inself in the neutral viewpoint of elderly Estonian farmer Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak). After a shootout between Georgian soldiers and Checen mercenaries near the local tangerine orchard, Ivo finds himself nursing two wounded men from opposite sides in his small house. As both men get better and Ivo remains stoically neutral, refusing to allow bloodshed under his own roof, the stage is set for a brilliant examination of conflict and humanity. Strong performances and an atmospheric soundtrack add to this simple yet tense and emotionally-powerful piece.
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