Estonian-Georgian co-production Tangerines (Mandarinebi) has been selected as one of five films in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars 2015.
The war-time drama, directed by Georgian man Zaza Urushadze, was chosen as one of five finalists from a larger pool of eighty-three nominated films in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
"I am getting crazy again,” was the response Urushadze wrote on his Facebook page this afternoon when news broke that his film had been shortlisted for the prestigious award.
A record number of countries submitted titles for the 2015 Oscars in the foreign language film section – seven more than 2014's previous record number.
Tangerines was presented for Oscar nomination by Estonia last year.
The film’s plot takes place against the backdrop of the war in Georgia's breakaway region Abkhazia. It focuses on an Estonian man who decides to live in Abkhazia after the war, then goes on to describe the bizarre situation he finds himself in when he discovers two wounded soldiers – a Georgian and Chechen – who are on opposing sides.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, USA.