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 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.
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.
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Norway / Iraq / Germany
Participated in 2013 at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg.
A road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His journey begins when his older sister, Nermin, flees her wedding. Siyar's father is dead, and as the eldest son, he is obliged to set out to find his sister and restore his family honor in the local village. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin. They travel together. Their journey through Greece, Germany (Berlin) and Norway makes Siyar's search for his sister a search for dignity and love.