EXCLUSIVE: Perhaps the biggest surprise nominee for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar came from a country never previously nominated in the category. Estonia’s very well received Tangerines not only grabbed an Oscar nom, but it also made the corresponding category for the Golden Globes.
Directed by Zaza Urushadze, the film was also notable for being the only one of the five nominees without an American distributor when this year’s crop was announced on January 15th. Set in 1992, just as conflict escalated between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the film is about two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to stay in Georgia until their crop of tangerines is ready. But in the midst of war, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) compassionately takes in two injured soldiers on opposite sides of the conflict.
The film is less about war, and more about peace as it tries to humanize the situation. Take a look at this exclusive featurette to get the flavor of Tangerines.