The film is called "The Fencer". It opens shortly, coming to Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Goldsmith (Lewisham) and Art House Crouch End cinemas from September 30th. Tickets go on sale shortly – details here www.thefencerfilm.co.uk
The film, which was nominated this year for a Golden Globe award and was also Finland’s entry for the Oscars, is a touching drama set in 1950s Estonia about a sports teacher (on the run from the secret police in Leningrad) who finds meaning in his life by teaching fencing to children who need him, many of whom are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Inspired by the true story of fencer/coach Endel Niels, the film is uplifting and a great audience pleaser.
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Klaus Härö’s THE FENCER is a touching drama about Endel Nelis, a young man who 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...
Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice; risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.
Cert PG, 99mins
With English sub-titles