Tangerines: First Estonian Film to be Oscar Nominee

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights for Tangerines, the Estonian drama from writer-director Zaza Urushadze, which is one of the five titles in the running for this year’s foreign language Oscar.

Tangerines is the first Estonian film to ever receive an Oscar nomination.

Set in the 1990s, the story follows an old man (Lembit Ulfsak) who cares for two wounded soldiers, who had been fighting on opposites sides of the war.

“Zaza has created a beautiful film with remarkable performances from his cast,” said Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films in a statement. “The writing, directing and acting help balance both the humor and serious tones captured on film. I am very excited to bring this film to a U.S. audience and wish Zaza and his team the best of luck at the Oscars next weekend.”

Goldwyn, which has previously released Oscar contenders such as The Squid and the Whale andSuper Size Me, plans to bow Tangerines in the U.S. later this year.