Estonia | 2013 | 89 minutes | Zaza Urushadze
Estonian villagers Ivo and Markus take in a pair of men from opposite sides of a bloody 1992 conflict in this tense and emotional chamber piece, a prize-winning festival audience favorite.
May 18, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas
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May 21, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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May 23, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11
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Villagers Ivo and Markus take in a pair of men from opposite sides of a bloody conflict in this tense and emotional chamber piece, a prize-winning festival audience favorite. Estonian director Zaza Urushadze’s chamber piece is set during the 1992 outbreak of the conflicts between Georgia and the Russia-supported Republic of Abkhazia, which forced the majority of Estonians to return to the country of their forefathers. There have been Estonian settlements on the Caucasian Black Sea coast for more than a hundred years, but many of these villages had turned into ghost towns: only a few people stayed behind. Among them are aging carpenter Ivo and his neighbor Markus, who makes a living cultivating tangerines. The fruit is ripe and should be harvested soon, but war gets in the way—in fact, 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. Ivo soon discovers that housing deadly enemies is not easy, yet he acts calmly and declares his home a diplomatic neutral zone. How long it will last is a question elegantly considered in this deeply pacifist drama, as tense as any thriller.
Georgian director and scriptwriter Zaza Urushadze was born in 1966. He finished Georgian State University of Theatre and Film in 1988. His full-length debut film Here Comes The Dawn (1998) was very successful, and his second full-length film Three Houses was finished in 2008 and was selected for the Montreal Film Festival.
Sponsored by Snoqualmie Tribe
|Principal Cast:||Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Zhanri Lolashvili, Mikheil Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze|
|Running Time:||89 minutes|
|Producer:||Ivo Felt, Zaza Urushadze|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Warsaw International Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award, Best Director), Tallin Black Nights Film Festival (Estonian Film Award, International Film Clubs Award), Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award)|
|Filmography:||The Guardian (2012); Stay With Me (2011); Three Houses (2008); Here Comes the Dawn (1998)|