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Shown: January 6, 2016 at 6pm

Director : Zaza Urushadze

Country : Estonia

Release Date : 2013

Duration : 87 mins

Language : Estonian and Russian

Subtitles : Yes


In a rural village in Abkhazia (Georgia) where Estonian farmers had settled to tend a tangerine orchard, two farmers, Ivo and Margus, remain in the village in order to harvest the season’s crop of tangerines when a war breaks out. They get caught in the crossfire between two small bands of warring soldiers. Only two of the fighters survive: Ahmed (a Chechen mercenary on the Abkhazian side) and Niko (a Georgian volunteer). Both are badly wounded, but Ivo and Margus take them in and begin to nurse them back to health.

With one of the most beautiful scores of the year, this is a powerful and deeply melancholic anti-war story that uses a long-unresolved conflict to show us how two good, three-dimensional men could have been friends in other circumstances hadn’t they been caught in opposite sides of a war.”  (Carlos Magalhães – Rotten Tomatoes)