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Estonia submits Tangerines by Zaza Urushadze for the Academy Award 2015

Estonia will submit Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines as its nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Good luck, Zaza Urushadze!

The movie has already won many plaudits, as well as the Special Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg and the Audience Award at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival 2013.

The film takes place in Georgia in 1992, at the height of the civil war. Two elderly farmers, far removed from the fighting, find wounded Chechen and Georgian soldiers near their land. Ivo takes them in and soon tries to reconcile the sworn enemies now living under the same roof.

Mannheim discoveries in Venice

This year, you will see two directors discovered at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg at the Biennale di Venezia.

Sangsoo Hong participated in the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg in 1996 with his debut film "The Day The Pig Fell Into The Well". This year at the Biennale, he is showing his film "Hill Of Freedom" in the ORIZZONTI category.

Joining the VENEZIA71 competition will be "99 Homes" by Rahmin Bahrani. In 2005, he attended the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and his debut "Man Push Cart" received an honorable mention by the international Jury.

What really matters...

Make a selection.

Carefully but without compromises we are looking for the best debuts of many thousands of new films each year. A high-class selection of utterly unknown new stars is awaiting you.

With love.

Curated with love, every single one of these selected new film works is the centre of attention. Because we want each cinema artist and the producers as well as the distributors to be taken seriously.

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The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg...

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... is the only international film festival worldwide which is exclusively dedicated to presenting PREMIERES by NEWCOMER film directors
... has a perfect festival size, professional but still intimate, with 1.000 accredited industry professionals
... with 60.000 visitors annually, it is one of the few professional film festivals that are also open for and successful with the audience.