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The Fencer

Wednesday 22 February 2017
10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm; 7:15pm

Drama

The Fencer – Wednesday 22 February 2017
Directed by Klaus Härö
Finland/Estonia/Germany 2015 (Subtitled)
99 min Drama
M

 

The Fencer was the Finnish candidate for the best foreign language film in 2016 Academy Awards and is set against the spartan backdrop of post-war, Stalinist Russia.

It is based on the true story of Endel Nelis, an accomplished fencer and coach.

 

Drafted by the German army during WWII, Estonian men are now being rounded up by the secret police and dispatched to Siberian labour camps along with other enemies of the state.

Taking another name, Nelis (Märt Avandi) relocates to a small nondescript Estonian town in an attempt to avoid such a soul-destroying fate, finding work as a sports teacher. He establishes a sports club for his students and begins teaching them his great passion - fencing, much to the disapproval of the principal (Hendrik Toompere), who starts investigating Nelis' background.

As fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children, many of whom have been orphaned as a result of the Russian occupation, Nelis becomes their role model and father figure.

When the opportunity arises to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, Nelis must make a choice: put his own safety first or risk everything to allow them to compete.

Reviews

“It's an assured piece of work and, as confidently directed by Klaus Haro, it intrigues for much of its length, building to a suspenseful climax”.
David Stratton, The Australian

“The alluring looks of The Fencer can be deceiving, as the groundwork for an ominous and intensely riveting final act is laid out”.
Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)

“It's an effective vehicle for exploring the troubled relationship between two countries, and that may be the point, at the expense of accuracy”.
Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

Upcoming Events & Info

Annual General Meeting

NFS's AGM will be held at Noosa Five Cinemas on Wednesday 8 March, preceding the 7:15pm screening. At this time a new committee will be elected.  All current members are invited to attend.

Ocean Film Festival at the 'J'

On Friday 10 March Ocean Film Festival returns to the The J, Noosa, showcasing more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water's surface. This carefully curated selection of short films documents the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrates the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea's salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Further details here.

Send us your photo!

In 2017 NFS will be issuing new photo ID cards to current NFS members to replace existing cards.  To enable us to do this, please take a head and shoulders photo, in front of a white/plain background, and email it to marketing@noosafilmsoc.org .  On the subject line of the email (or as a caption below the photo, if emailing from a mobile phone), please state your full name and membership number.  Thank you for helping us out!

SCREENING TIMES

Wednesday screening times are 10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm.  Monday screening time is 6:30pm only.  Please be considerate and do not be late as this inconveniences those watching the film. Give yourself plenty of time to park and buy your choc tops!

Noosa 5 Cinema

Some great films are screening at Noosa 5 now, including Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and nominated for 6 Oscars, Hidden Figures and  La La Land, winner of 7 Golden Globes awards and nominated for 14 Oscars! Contact Noosa 5 for further details.

Film Discussion Group

An informal film discussion group meets once a month the Thursday after the last Film Society screening (of that month)  at 2:30pm at  Padstows, Noosa Junction.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 2 March 2017. Email discussiongroup@noosafilmsoc.org with your name and telephone number and we will give you any further updates. 

Diarise these Dates for 2017

February 22, 27; March 8, 22, 27; April 10, 26; May 10, 24, 29; June 14, 26; July 12, 26, 31; August 9, 23, 28; September 13, 25; October 11, 25, 30; November 8, 22, 27; December 6.