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Cineculture: The Fencer (2015)


Fresno State- Peters Education Center Auditorium
5010 N Woodrow Ave Fresno, CA 93740

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Directed by Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö (Letters to Father Jacob, Mother of Mine), The Fencer is a movie with a bit of everything: a thriller, love story and inspirational teacher tale based on a true Cold War episode, about an Estonian fencing champion on the run from the Soviet secret police. This film manages to find optimism, humanity and beauty in a tragic historical era. The narrative is inspired by the story of Estonia’s legendary fencing master, Endel Nelis, who founded a dynasty and nurtured several world-class swordsmen. Working under a pseudonym as a physical education teacher in a tiny Estonian village, Nelis instructs his pupils in the art and sport of fencing. When the kids push for their team to participate in the national competition in Leningrad, Nelis must choose between his safety and his true vocation. “Unfolding under a cloud of suspicion and paranoia fostered by the postwar Soviet occupation, this well-acted, smoothly crafted drama tells a story of cross-generational bonding in the face of historical oppression.” Justin Chang, Variety. Academy Awards shortlisted in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film. In Estonian, Russian and Armenian with English subtitles, 99 minutes. http://thefencermovie.com/

Discussant: Dr. Michelle Denbeste


Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Advisor)

Admission: Free

Parking: Parking is not enforced after 4pm on Fridays.
*Peters Education Center Auditorium is located inside the Fresno State Student Recreation Center building

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