Saturday, April 4, 2015
Zaza Urushadze (Estonia/Georgia, 2013)
2015 Academy Award Nominee For Best Foreign Language Film
(Mandariinid). An elderly civilian finds himself caring for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides in this insightful antiwar parable, set during the notorious 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. One of the last holdouts of an ethnically Estonian community in the green Abkhazian hills, the sage, white-haired Ivo simply wants to help his neighbor harvest tangerines, but a sudden gun battle leaves a very burly, very angry Chechen mercenary wounded at his door, and soon also a young, naïve Georgian soldier. A gripping battle of wits and intellect follows in this riveting chamber piece, with the harvests of war, and of life, at stake.
• Written by Urushadze. Photographed by Rein Kotov. With Lembit Ulfsak, Raivo Trass, Giorgi Nakashidze. (84 mins, In Russian and Estonian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From Cinemavault)