October 29, 2020

BAPL Film Series: Monthly Virtual Film Club – October 2020

Date(s) - 10/29/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Librarians Valerie and Matthew discuss this month’s film, Urushadze’s Tangerines (2013). Each month we pick a culturally significant film for library patrons to watch on Kanopy. Then our virtual film club meets on Zoom to discuss the film!

Join us via Zoom and come ready to talk about this month’s film or just enjoy listening to the discussion! Registration is required. Last day to register is October 27th. Email invitations for Zoom will be sent out the day prior to the event.

Review: Estonian-Georgian film "Tangerines"

We choose this month to view and discuss together a relatively quiet film that in its concise telling resembles a short story expressed as a morality tale. With simplicity and restraint, Tangerines illuminates the extremities of war and the absurdity of civil conflict that serve together to perpetuate man’s astonishing capacity for violence toward his fellow man.

Tangerines, a joint Georgian-Estonian effort, is written, directed, and produced by Zaza Urushadze. The film won numerous European awards and received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film. May be screened via Kanopy and other streaming services. DVD available at BAPL.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/estonian-georgian-tangerines-is-the-anti-american-sniper/2015/04/29/ac017968-ecf7-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html?tid=kp_google, accessed September 22, 2022.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/tangerines-2013, accessed September 22, 2022.

More about the Director

Behind the scenes with Zaza Urushadze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sv9qgOPF_I, accessed September 23, 2022.

Interview with Zaza Urushadze: https://www.eastbook.eu/en/2013/11/19/the-most-importnat-thing-zaza-Urushadze/, accessed September 23, 2022.

Three More Notable Films of Civil Conflict Available from Kanopy

The Battle of Algiers (1966), directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Burn!).  This account of the Algerian battle for independence from the French appears frequently on greatest-films-of-all-times lists.

Biutiful (2010), directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros, Babel, Birdman, The Revenant). Starring Javier Bardem as a father fighting for the welfare of his children in a world out of control.

Bloody Sunday (2002), directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips).  Depiction of January 30, 1972 Londonderry, Northern Ireland https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bloody-sunday-in-northern-ireland, accessed September 23, 2020.

A Bit of Background to the Film: The War in Abkhazia (1992-93)

From Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/reports/1995/Georgia2.htm, accessed September 23, 2020.

From The New Humanitarian: https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2019/05/27/Abkhazia-georgia-civil-war-forgotten-victims, accessed September 23, 2020.


Bookings are closed for this event.