via press release
The Fencer, directed by Klaus Härö, has been selected by Finland´s official selection committee as the Finnish contender for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.
The Fencer, which is directed by Klaus Härö, has been selected by Finland´s official selection committee as the Finnish contender for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. The original screenplay was written by Anna Heinämaa. The film has been produced by Kai Norberg and Kaarle Aho for Making Movies Oy. The Fencer premiered in Finland on March 13 and is distributed by Nordisk Film. International sales are handled by Little Big Company.
The Fencer tells about an Estonian fencer in 1950s, who is on a run from the secret service of Soviet Union. He gets a teacher’s position from a school in Haapsalu and starts a fencing club for students there. A dilemma arises, as he has to decide whether or not to return to Leningrad, where a fencing tournament is arranged.The film’s crew include cinematographer Tuomo Hutri, editors Tambet Tasuja and Ueli Christen, sound designers Peter Riegel and Maik Siegle, set designer Jaagup Roomet, make up artist Tiina Leesik ja costume designer Tiina Kaukanen. The protagonist is played by Märt Avandi.
The Finnish jury, consisting of film professionals, praised The Fencer for its classical and solid story line. The film manages to find optimism, humanity and beauty in the tragic historical era.