Feature Film


Mon · November 20, 2017

5:15 pm

The Animas City Theatre - Movies

$10.00 General Admission $9.00 Students/Seniors/Military

This event is all ages

“Suffused with gorgeous cinematography,
this sharp-sweet drama is a pleasure to watch.”
– Kate Muir, The Times of London

“Well-acted, smoothly crafted.”
– Justin Chang, Variety

“An affecting portrait of a decent man who risks his life
to uphold a bond of trust with his students.”
– Marilyn Ferdinand, Chicago Reader

Finland’s official submission to the 88th Academy Awards® for “Best Foreign Language Film,” Klaus Härö’s THE FENCER follows a haunted young man's arrival in an Estonian town that has been under harsh Russian Communist rule since the end of World War II. Taking a job as a sports instructor at the local school, he organizes a wildly successful fencing club, affecting the lives of the local children in profound and moving ways. At the climactic competition with Russian opponents, his past finally catches up with him. Inspired by the true story of Endel Nelis, Estonia’s legendary fencing maestro, THE FENCER is in Estonian and Russian with English subtitles. The film runs 98 minutes and is unrated.

A young man, Endel Nelis, 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.
Venue Information:
The Animas City Theatre - Movies
128 E College Drive
Durango, CO, 81301