In 1992, war rages in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia. An Estonian man Ivo has decided to stay behind and harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo takes him in.

Director:

Zaza Urushadze

Writers:

Tatjana Mülbeier (idea), Zaza Urushadze (idea) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lembit Ulfsak ... Ivo
Giorgi Nakashidze ... Ahmed
Misha Meskhi Misha Meskhi ... Nika
Elmo Nüganen Elmo Nüganen ... Margus
Raivo Trass Raivo Trass ... Juhan
Zura Begalishvili Zura Begalishvili ... Aslan (as Zurab Begalishvili)
Dato Khakhidze Dato Khakhidze ... Aslan's Soldier (as David Khakhidze)
Jano Izoria Jano Izoria ... Aslan's Soldier
Gia Gogishvili Gia Gogishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Vamekh Jangidze Vamekh Jangidze ... Aslan's Soldier
Aleko Begalishvili Aleko Begalishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Temo Khutsishvili Temo Khutsishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Giorgi Tsaava ... Officer (as George Tsaava)
Denis Khlibov Denis Khlibov ... Soldier
Victor Gegeshidze Victor Gegeshidze ... Soldier (as Viktor Gegeshidze)
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Storyline

War in Georgia, Abkhazia region 1992: local Abkhaz are fighting to break free from Georgia. Estonian village between the mountains has become empty, almost everyone has returned to their homeland, only 2 men have stayed: Ivo and Margus. But Margus will leave as soon as he has harvested his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict in their miniature village wounded men are left behind, and Ivo is forced to take them in. But they are from opposite sides of the war. This is touching anti-war story about Estonians who find themselves in the middle of someone else's war. How do they handle it? How do the enemies act under third-party roof? Written by Annts

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

An independent Kingdom of Abkhazia (778-1008) existed during the Middle Ages, formed by the secession of a province of the Byzantine Empire in the Caucasus. It was eventually united with the medieval Kingdom of Georgia (1008-1490), but the Abhkazians maintained their own language and don't consider themselves Georgians. The war depicted in the film was part of the ethnic tensions in modern Georgia. See more »

Goofs

As the movie begins, it is freezing weather and condensation from every breath from Ivo and the soldier inside Ivo's workshop is seen. They step outside and it is not as cold and their breath is not seen. See more »

Quotes

Margus: Soon there will be rain.
Ivo: There will not.
Margus: They will be here soon.
Ivo: Who?
Margus: The Georgians and Russians. And the tangerines will stay in the trees. You know what this war is called? The war of citrus.
Ivo: What do you mean?
Margus: It's a war over my tangerines.
Ivo: Be normal. They are fighting for the land.
Margus: For the land where my tangerines grow.
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Connections

Spoofed in Tujurikkuja (2013) See more »

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Me gadmovtsurav zgvas
Written by Irakli Charkviani
Performed by Irakli Charkviani
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Rare movie gem
13 May 2015 | by 851222See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

"Mandariinid" (2013) is very good movie. Very realistic (well, maybe bonding between two characters was a bit to quick), with beautiful cinematography, very strong acting, tight and simple but very involving script and top notch directing, this is a true movie gem.

The story itself isn't complicated, although the background in which it takes place maybe is not very well know in Western countries. Nevertheless, it is told with simple and universal language.

Overall, "Mandariinid" is not much a war movie - it's antiwar movie in every sense. The isn't much action, but at running time 1 h 22 min this movie is superbly paced, doesn't drag for a second and is very enjoyable for those who like quite but powerful stories.


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Country:

Estonia | Georgia

Language:

Estonian | Russian | Georgian

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tangerines See more »

Filming Locations:

Guria, Republic of Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,180, 19 April 2015

Gross USA:

$144,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,024,132
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Allfilm, Georgian Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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