Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

The Fencer
(Miekkailija)

 

Year: 2015
Country: FINLAND, ESTONIA, GERMANY
Run Time: 99 minutes

The Fencer
The Fencer
The Fencer

Endel is on the run. With his past affiliations catching up with him, he eludes the secret police in Leningrad and finds himself in hapless Haapsalu, Estonia. It is the early 1950s and, in the wake of World War II, Estonia is living under the iron fist of Stalin’s Soviet empire, with many of the fathers lost to the war or shipped off to prison camps. Endel finds a job running the sports club at a secondary school, where he shares his expertise in fencing with eager young students. But Endel is undermined at every turn by his weasel of a principal, a communist functionary who is suspicious of his past and deems fencing non-proletariat. Endel must ultimately choose between guiding his team or running for his life. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film, and featuring a wonderful lead performance by Estonian actor, Märt Avandi, THE FENCER is a touching drama about a coach who gives children something to believe in. Based in part on the real life of expert fencer, Endel Nelis. (In Estonian and Russian with subtitles) –C.O.

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Director
Klaus Härö

Klaus Härö was born in Porvoo, Finland in 1971. He has won a slew of awards around the globe, including the Ingmar Bergman Award, ever since making his first feature in 2002.

Filmography
"Elina: As If I Wasn't There" (2002), "Statisti" (2003), "Mother of Mine" (2005), "The New Man" (2007), "Letters to Father Jacob" (2009), THE FENCER (2015)

Producers
Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho

Screenwriting
Anna Heinämaa

Cinematography
Tuomo Hutri

Editing
Tambert Tasuja, Ueli Christen

Principal Cast
Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp

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Metro Catholic School

Media Partners

Akron Life Magazine

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