Bracknell Film Society Selection
(First of two films this month)


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Tuesday 12th January 7.45pm




Director: Zaza Urushadze, Estonia/Georgia, 2013, 87 minutes. Estonian/Russian/Georgian with subtitles
Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Mikheil Meskhi.

During the war in Georgia in 1990, an Estonian man Ivo stays behind to harvest his crop of tangerines. In a bloody incident, Ivo is forced to take in a wounded man. A deeply affecting anti-war movie, weaving rich drama, pathos and dark humour.


In a rural village of Ethnic Estonians in Abkhazia Georgia, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and Margus (Elmo Nüganen) are the only who have not fled for Estonia after the outbreak of the 1992–1993 War in Abkhazia. Margos is waiting to leave until he can hopefully harvest his lucrative tangerine crop, while his friend Ivo is a carpenter who attempts to make enough wooden crates to hold all the unpicked tangerines. Ivo however doesn't reveal his reasons for staying. Two ominous Chechen soldiers show up and extort food from Ivo, but leave peacefully and with respect for a lone, elderly grandfather, who is only minding his own work. The soldiers however get into a fire-fight with Georgian soldiers in front of Margos' house, leaving only one alive from each side. Ahmed (Giorgi Nakashidze), a Chechen mercenary on the Abkhazian side, and Niko (Mikheil Meskhi), a Georgian volunteer, are both gravely wounded, and Ivo brings them into his home to nurse them back to health.

While both vow to kill each other once they have the strength, Ivo secures a pledge from each to not enact any vengeance under his roof. A great deal of tension ensues between the two enemies as they begin to recover over many days in the same tiny house. Slowly, the two begin to recognize the humanity and honor in each other. Under the moral tutelage of the senior and wise Ivo, the two move from hatred and antagonism, to respect and camaraderie. When Chechin soldiers come to the house, Ivo convinces Ahmed to tell them that Niko is also a fellow Chechin soldier, but whose head wound has left him unable to speak.

After a local military troupe fails to show to harvest the tangerines, Margos is desperate. A Russian militia arrives, camps nearby, and promises to harvest the tangerines in two days. However, that night Chechin shelling hits the village, destroying Margos' property. Ahmed offers Margos a large wad of cash that he has made from being a mercenary, but Margos refuses money "made like that."

Later a different Russian troupe drive up to the house, finding Ahmed outside, and falsely accuse him of being on the other side. They are about to execute him when Niko shoots them from the house with a machine gun. In the fire-fight the innocent Margus is killed, and Ahmed partners with Niko to defeat the Russians. But Niko is then shot dead by a wounded Russian, and Ahmed finishes of Niko's killer.

Ivo and Ahmed bury Margus and Niko. Ivo reveals that the Niko's grave lies next to that of his own son, who died senselessly early in the war, and that if Ahmed had died instead of Niko, Ivo would have buried Ahmed next to his son. Ahmed tells Ivo that he misses his own family, and begins his drive home.

Plus short film

Director: Ben Cady, UK, 2013, 12 minutes

About the human compulsion to meddle, probe and fiddle with things that are better left alone.