Finland selects 'The Fencer' for Oscar nomination ({{commentsTotal}})

Culture
Culture

Finland has named Estonian-Finnish co-production "The Fencer" as its candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Klaus Härö's drama about legendary Estonian fencing coach Endel Nelis (1925-1993), which stars Märt Avandi, premiered in March.

The film is based on original screenplay by Anna Heinämaa and was produced by Making Movies, KickFilm and Allfilm.

The nominating jury praised the movie for "its classical and solid story line," the Finnish Film Foundation said, adding that "The film manages to find optimism, humanity and beauty in a tragic historical era."

"The Fencer" tells a story of a fencing champion who arrives at the small town of Haapsalu after World War II to become a PE teacher. Against the opposition of his superiors, he starts teaching children fencing and so finds his life's calling.

Estonia's selection for 2015, the Estonian-Georgian co-production "Tangerines" made history when it earned an Oscar nomination. In the end, it was Poland's "Ida" that took home the coveted golden statue.

Estonia is yet to announce its candidate for the 88th Academy Awards.

Editor: M. Oll



{{c.alias}}
{{c.createdMoment}}
{{c.body}}
{{cc.alias}}
{{cc.createdMoment}}
+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long
{{comment.captcha.word.answer}}

news.err.ee

Opinion
Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.