The Fencer (PG)

 

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.

99 mins, Cert tba VISIT FILM’S WEBSITE

REVIEWS

The Times ★★★★

 “A pleasure to watch”

“Gorgeous cinematography”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-fencer-rqjk09zzr#

 

Guardian ★★★

“strong performances”

“Hutri’s cool-toned cinematography is luscious to look at”

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/29/fencer-review-swordplay-drama-klaus-haro-film-drama

 

Evening Standard ★★★★

 “A touching, beautiful Estonian drama”

(link not available yet)

 

Total Film ★★★★

 “Acutely acted. The Fencer strikes home”

http://www.gamesradar.com/movies-to-watch-30-september-2016/

 

Time Out ★★★★

“Beautiful”

“Packed with genuine tension”

http://www.timeout.com/london/film/the-fencer

 

Huffington Post ★★★★

 “Captivating and enthralling, with faultless natural performances, beautifully crafted”

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/clive-botting/film-review-the-fencer-fr_b_11972520.html

 

film-reviews-and-news.com ★★★★

“touching”

http://film-reviews-and-news.com/film-reviews/the-fencer

 

The Upcoming ★★★★

 “The most inspiring biopic in years”

“Director Klaus Haro has perfectly captured emotion and cannot be faulted”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/09/29/the-fencer-movie-review//

 

Radio Times ★★★

 “A solid, watchable peek into a rarely explored chapter of history”

http://www.radiotimes.com/film/dwyvjd/the-fencer

 

Back Seat Mafia

“An impressive period drama with a great central performance”

http://www.backseatmafia.com/2016/09/27/film-review-fencer/

 

MovieMail

“cinematographer Tuomo Hutri’s cool palette captures both the exile Nelis has passed into, and the froideur of an unheated gym”

http://www.moviemail.com/blog//3098-The-Fencer-film-review

 

OnScreen Film

“A moving and admirably genuine drama”

http://www.onscreenfilm.com/reviews/the-fencer/

 

Mature Times

“An inspirational biopic that offers a fascinating glimpse into an unknown corner of history”

“uplifting”

https://www.maturetimes.co.uk/tag/the-fencer/

 

Morning Star

“charming…director Klaus Haro’s unpretentious storytelling works well”

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9de4-Film-Reviews-Round-Up/#.V–FZoWcHIU

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

FINNISH ENTRY FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS® 2016 – BEST FOREIGN FILM

 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATION 2016 – BEST FOREIGN FILM

 MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL German Film Award for Peace – Special Prize 2015

 ARRAS FILM FESTIVAL Prix du Public 2015

 EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL (Ottawa, Canada) Audience Award 2015

 JUSSI AWARDS (Finland) Best Film – Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho – WINNER

Best Cinematography – Tuomo Hutri – WINNER

 TALLINN NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Estonia)

Estonian Film Award

PALM SPRING FILM FESTIVAL 2016

BEST OF THE FEST – Selection

NORDIC FILM FESTIVAL – LUXEMBOURGH

Audience Award

STONY BROOK FILM FESTIVAL

2016 Jury Award – Best Feature