The Fencer (Miekkailija)
Film - Tuesday 24th January @ 8.00pm
at LINENHALL ARTS CENTRE, THEATRE
Ambitious young fencer Endel Nelis arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion - fencing, which causes a conflict with the school's principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel's background... The fifth film by Finnish director Klaus Härö, shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2016.
Finland/Estonia/Germany 2015 99mins Language: Estonian, Russian, Armenian with English subtitles
"Suffused with gorgeous cinematography, the sharp-sweet drama The Fencer is Finland's foreign Oscar entry and a pleasure to watch." - Kate Muir, The Times
"Sweetly told Estonian drama... The film looks beautiful, too." - David Clark, Time Out
"Well acted, smoothly crafted." - Justin Chang, Variety