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18th Annual European Union Film Festival

Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm

For tickets and info, see The Cinematheque website at: thecinematheque.ca

The Fencer

(Miekkailija)
Estonia/Finland/Germany 2015. Dir: Klaus Härö. 93 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! ► A finely-crafted, well-acted suspense drama set against the backdrop of Soviet-era fear and paranoia, this international co-production represents Estonia in our EUFF but is also Finland’s official submission to the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. In Soviet-occupied Estonia, a young fencer, on the run from Stalin’s secret police, seeks refuge in a remote town, where he quietly starts a new life as a gym teacher at the local school. When he decides to start a fencing club for the kids, it brings him into conflict with the school’s stern, suspicious principal. The film fictionalizes the story of Estonian fencing master Endel Nelis. Three of director Klaus Härö’s four previous features were also selected to represent Finland at the Oscars!