The American motion-picture company, Samuel Goldwyn Films, has acquired the US rights to the Estonian-Georgian film, “Tangerines”, a nominee for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
“Zaza Urushadze has created a beautiful film with remarkable performances from his cast. The writing, directing and acting help balance both the humour and serious tones captured on film. I am very excited to bring this film to a US audience and wish Zaza and his team the best of luck at the Oscars next weekend,” Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said.
Urushadze expressed his delight at finding a US distributor. “The film has been received warmly by festival audiences in the US and worldwide and I am sure it will be loved by American cinemagoers as well because of its important and timely message. I have been waiting for this thrilling news for a long time and it makes me very happy!” he said.
Nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year, “Tangerines” has become the most successful film involving Estonian filmmakers, notching up tens of international awards since 2013. The film is a haunting tale of an older Estonian man who cares for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1990s-era war in Georgia. 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 directed and written by the Georgian director, Zaza Urushadze, and produced by the Estonian producer, Ivo Felt. The cast includes Estonian actors Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Raivo Trass, and Georgian actors Mikhail Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze and Zurab Bealishvili.
Samuel Goldwyn Films is an independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.
Cover: Screenshot from the “Tangerines”.