'Tangerines' misses out in the Best Foreign Language Film category ({{commentsTotal}})


The "Tangerines" has lost out to Poland's "Ida" in the race for an Academy Award for the best foreign language film.

The "Tangerines" was the first ever Estonian film to be nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language film category.

The plot takes place in an Estonian village during the war in Abkhazia, toward the end of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The title character, played by Lembit Ulfsak, refuses to flee his war-torn homeland, to help his neighbor, portrayed by Elmo Nüganen, harvest his crop of tangerines. He ends up sheltering two soldiers from the opposite sides. The movie reveals compassion to be the ultimate response to centuries of political, cultural and ethnic conflict, a compelling and relevant message for contemporary audiences.

The film was previosuly hailed as the year's most effective anti-war movie by Vogue, and The New Republic, an American liberal magazine, recently called it “the anti-American Sniper.”

It has picked up numerous awards since its premiere in 2013, most lately the International Press Academy's prestigious Satellite Award for the best international motion picture.

The makers of the "Tangerines" remained very humble before today. "The chances of winning it are non-numerical, they are very slim indeed," producer Ivo Felt told ETV straight after the nomination. Yet, his confidence increased after winning the Satellite Award, an Estonian online news portal Delfi reported from Los Angeles.

Prior to today's Oscar's gala, "Leviathan" was the overall favorite for the foreign language film award.

There's hope that the Estonian-Georgian film will now also reach wider audiences in the US. The distributing rights of the film were recently acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The film was directed and written by the Georgian director, Zaza Urushadze, and produced by the Estonian producer, Ivo Felt.

Editor: M. Oll

+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long


Independence Day: Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.