Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Tangerines,” one of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
Written and directed by Zaza Urushadze, “Tangerines” follows an elderly Estonian man who, in 1990s-era war-torn Georgia, cares for two wounded soldiers across opposite sides of the battle line.
A spare and lonely portrait of a man in isolation a la Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries” — though more heartfelt — “Tangerines” has been picking up buzz and accolades along the festival circuit since 2013, playing in Warsaw where it won the Best Director and Audience Awards, Palm Springs, Seattle and more. It was also a foreign Golden Globe nominee. Produced by Estonia’s Allfilm and Georgia’s Cinema 24, the film stars Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nuganen, Mikhail Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Raivo Trass, and Zurab Bealishvili.
Samuel Goldwyn plans a 2015 release.