The most successful Georgian film of the year

Screenshot from the film "Tangerines"., 21 Jul 2014 - 07:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian war time drama Mandarinebi (Tangerines) has won 15 international film awards at the six international festivals since it was released in 2013, including prizes at the Warsaw International Film Festival 2013, the Seattle International Film Festival 2014 and the BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival 2014.

Internationally renowned Georgian film director Zaza Urushadze has been named by the Ministry of Culture as the recipient of the Award of Merit for the film.

The film was a Georgian-Estonian co-production and supported by the Georgian Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre, European Cinema Support Centre of European Council Eurimage, as well as the Estonian Cinema Fund.

The film’s plot takes place against the backdrop of the war in Georgia's breakaway region Abkhazia and focussed on an Estonian man who decided to live in Abkhazia after the war and the situation he finds himself in, alongside two wounded Georgian and Chechen soldiers who appear at the home of the Estonian hero.

Since its release, the film has been recognised abroad and won several prizes. At the Warsaw International Film Festival 2013, Mandarinebi (Tangerines) was awarded the Best Directing and Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

At the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2013, Mandarinebi (Tangerines) won a special prize, the Audience Prize for Best Feature Film and the Cinema Owners Prize and at the Fajr International Film Festival, the film was acknowledged as the best film with the best script writing.

At the Bari International Film Festival, the film was acknowledged as one of the best films of 2014, and at the International Film Festival in Tallinn, Mandarinebi (Tangerines) was named the Best Estonian Film and the International Cinema Club prize.

In 2013 the film was also awarded the Estonian Film Critics’ Awards for the Best Film and Estonian State Awards for outstanding contribution to the promotion of Estonia. Estonian Ministry of Culture also named Mandarinebi (Tangerines) as the best film.