Samuel Goldwyn Takes U.S. Rights for Oscar-Nominee 'Tangerines'

Courtesy of Allfilm

The Estonian drama follows an old man caring for two soldiers fighting on opposite sides of a war.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights for Tangerines, the Estonian drama from writer-director Zaza Urushadze, which is one of the five titles in the running for this year's foreign-language Oscar.

Set in the 1990s, the film follows an old man (veteran actor Lembit Ulfsak) who cares for two wounded soldiers who had been fighting on opposites sides of the war. Tangerines is the first Estonian film to ever receive an Oscar nomination.

“Zaza has created a beautiful film with remarkable performances from his cast,” said Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films in a statement. “The writing, directing and acting help balance both the humor and serious tones captured on film. I am very excited to bring this film to a U.S. audience and wish Zaza and his team the best of luck at the Oscars next weekend.”

Goldwyn, which has previously released Oscar contenders such as The Squid and the Whale and Super Size Me, plans to bow Tangerines in the U.S. later this year.

The domestic deal was negotiated by Ian Puente, vp and general counsel of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and, on behalf of the filmmakers, Nick Stiliadis, chairman and founder of Cinemavault.