THE FENCER (July 2017)

Posted by showcase on May - 10 - 2017

2016 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
2016 ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – OFFICIAL SELECTION
WINNER – BEST FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- 2016 FINNISH ACADEMY AWARDS

An audience favourite at the recent Scandinavian Film Festival, Klaus Härö’s elegantly crafted, multi award-winning drama is set in post-war, Soviet-occupied Estonia, and movingly depicts the true story of fencing master Endel Neils, who risked his life to give a group of children something to believe in.

It’s 1953, and Endel (Märt Avandi) is on the run. With his war-time affiliations catching up with him, he eludes the secret police in Leningrad and flees to a remote Estonian village. There he tries to keep a low profile by taking a menial job in the sports department at the local school, but his efforts to give the students a proper physical education are quickly frustrated by a lack of resources.

But once Endel – a skilled fencer – locates a few foils in the gym, he starts an after-school club for the kids, who for their part are eager to learn. Yet the strong rapport he builds with his young students only raises the ire of the party-loyalist school principal, who’s already suspicious of his past. Soon it’s impossible for Endel to avoid attention.

Bearing similar themes and emotional impact to Philippe Falardeau’s Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar, this beautifully acted and stunningly-shot film is a deeply affecting and memorable story of compassion, sacrifice and bravery against the odds.

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