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June 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:10 pm
Seating is always available in the front 3 rows for people who do not have tickets and pay at the door.
Screening Wed. June 29, 7:30 p.m.
Finland’s submission for the Oscar 2016 Best Foreign Language Film (one of the 9 films shortlisted for the Oscar)
Golden Globe nominee 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film
Best of Fest Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2016
This stirring drama is inspired by the story of Estonia’s legendary fencing master, Endel Nelis, who arrives in Estonia in the early 1950s, having left Leningrad to escape Stalin’s secret police. He finds work as a teacher and founds a fencing club for his students, against the backdrop of life in Estonia under Stalin’s rule.
“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
“An affecting portrait of a decent man who risks his life to uphold a bond of trust with his students. ” – Marilyn Ferdinand, Chicago Reader
Language: Estonian, Russian (English subtitles)
Length: 1 hr. 33 min.