First show: September 16
CFI (California Film Institute) Releasing presents a warmhearted cold-war drama based on a true story and set in Estonia in the early 1950s. Endel (Märt Avandi) arrives in a small town, finds work as a teacher and organizes a sports club in which he instructs his young charges, many of whom are orphans from the Russian occupation, in the art and skill of fencing. The children love him, but tension with his envious principal exposes a past that poses danger when he and his hardscrabble kids are invited to a tournament in Leningrad. This beautifully crafted movie was a Golden Globe nominee for Foreign Language Film and was shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Awards. In Estonian with English subtitles. Writer: Anna Heinämaa. Director: Klaus Härö. (Finland 2015) 99 min.
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