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Fencer

4 February
THE FENCER (Miekkailija) Finland/Estonia/Germany  2015 99 min Director: Klaus Härö With: Kirill Käro, Lembit Ulfsak, Märt Avandi 
Estonian, Russian & Armenian with English subtitles

Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of an Estonian fencer Endel Nelis (1925-1993) 

"Suffused with gorgeous cinematography, the sharp-sweet drama The Fencer is Finland's foreign Oscar entry and a pleasure to watch." 
Kate Muir The Times