CFI Releasing Invites You and a Guest to a Special Screening of
Directed by Klaus Härö
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film, Nominee 2016
Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film, Official Finnish Submission 2016
Jussi Awards - Best Picture, Winner 2016
What: Special Advance Screening of THE FENCER (99 minutes)
When: Tuesday, August 22 • 7:00 PM
Where: Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, SF, CA
***THE FENCER opens in the Bay Area on August 25 ***
About the Film:
A young man, 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…
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.
THE FENCER is a CFI Releasing release, runs for 99 minutes, is in Estonian & Russian with English Subtitles, and is not yet MPAA rated.