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News, 5/4/2017 | Embassy of Finland, Canberra

The Fencer – presented by The Embassy of Finland and the ANU Film Group

Teacher Endel Nelis, the protagonist of the film, coaching a student in his fencing class. Photo: thefencermovie.com/presskit
Teacher Endel Nelis, the protagonist of the film, coaching a student in his fencing class. Photo: thefencermovie.com/presskit

The Fencer (Miekkailija)
98 min (PG) 2015
Director: Klaus Härö
Starring: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere, Liisa Koppel

When: Tuesday 16 May 2017, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Where: Coombs Theatre, Corner of Fellows and Garran Roads, Acton, Canberra

Tickets: There are 100 free tickets that we would like to offer the public on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a ticket, please email rsvp.can@formin.fi with the number of tickets you require and each person's name, which will then be allocated to a ticket number. Tickets must be picked up from reception at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra (12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla).Opening hours are from 9am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 2:30pm on Fridays.

A review of The Fencer (Miekkailija)

There is a long tradition of films celebrating the role of school teachers, and how they can influence and inspire young lives. Remember Dead Poets Society or To Sir With Love or Goodbye Mr Chips? This one from Finland might become another favourite.

Based on true stories, The Fencer has something for everyone: action, drama and romance. Set in a beautiful Nordic landscape during a snowy winter, this is the touching tale of Estonian champion fencer, Endel Nelis. Life was difficult and sometimes dangerous under Soviet rule in Estonia straight after WWII. To escape the KGB secret police, Nelis moves to a small town where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. He soon becomes a father figure to his students, mostly war orphans, as he starts to teach them fencing in an afterschool sports club.

However, he quickly realizes how difficult it is to leave his past life behind, and is faced with a difficult decision. The talented students in the sports club wish to compete in a fencing competition but that would possibly reveal his past and put him at great risk.

The movie is directed by Klaur Härö, a Finnish filmmaker with a long history of successful films and many awards, whose work deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

Find out more at http://thefencermovie.com/.

Review by Justus Toivanen

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Updated 5/4/2017


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