The Fencer reviews


The Fencer, 01 November, 2017 8pm

Fin/Est/Ger, 2015, Dir: Klaus Härö, Drama/History/Sport, 99 mins (PG).

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Directed by Klaus Härö.

This is director Härö’s fifth feature film, his previous ones being: Elina (2003), Mother of Mine (2005), The New Man (2007) and Letters to Father Jacob (2009).

The Fencer has, so far, won 6 international with another 3 nominations.

With subtitles, the film is in Estonian, Russian and Armenian. It was filmed in Estonia, including the capital Talinn.

Shot on an estimated budget of €1,605,000, it was the Finnish candidate for the best foreign language film in the 2016 Academy Awards.

"The film looks beautiful, with bleak, undersaturated landscapes and simple, austere photography establishing a distinct sense of time and place."
David Clack, Time Out (****)

"Klaus Härö’s tale of a champion fencer on the run from the KGB who winds up teaching schoolchildren has strong performances and is luscious to look at."
Leslie Felperin, The Guardian (***)

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