Estonia, 2013, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Georgia
Topics: Drama, War
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Estonian English Sub-Titles
Awards: Warsaw: Best Director, Audience Award
There have been Estonian settlements on the Caucasian Black Sea coast for over a hundred years. The 1992 outbreak of the bloody conflicts between Georgia and the Russia-supported republic of Abkhazia forced the majority of Estonians to return to the country of their forefathers. Their villages turned into ghost towns – only a few people stayed behind.
Among them, aging carpenter Ivo and his neighbor Markus, who makes a living cultivating tangerines. The fruit is ripe and should be harvested soon, but the conflict gets in the way. In fact you could say it comes for a house visit…When a battle takes place right outside his door, Ivo takes in two badly wounded men: Achmed, a Chechen, and Nika, a Georgian. He soon discovers that housing deadly enemies is not easy. Yet he acts calmly and declares his home a diplomatic neutral zone. This deeply pacifist chamber drama is as tense as any thriller.
Winner: Best Director, Warsaw Film Festival
Director and Producer will be attending screening(s).
DIRECTOR: Zaza Urushadze
Producer: Ivo Felt, Zaza Urushadze
Editor: Alexander Kuranov
Screenwriter: Zaza Urushadze
Cinematographer: Rein Kotov
Music: Niaz Diasamidze
Principal Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Mikheil Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Raivo Trass
Filmography: The Guardian (2012)
Here Comes the Dawn (1998)
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