PLAC continues Cinema at the Lakes

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finland’s official submission to the 88th Academy Awards for “Best Foreign Language Film,” Klaus Härö’s "The Fencer" follows a haunted young man's arrival in an Estonian town that has been under harsh Russian Communist rule since the end of World War II. Taking a job as a sports instructor at the local school, he organizes a wildly successful fencing club, affecting the lives of the local children in profound and moving ways. At the climactic competition with Russian opponents, his past finally catches up with him. Inspired by the true story of Endel Nelis, Estonia’s legendary fencing maestro, “The Fencer” is in Estonian and Russian with English subtitles. The film runs 98 minutes and is unrated, but similar to PG.

Critics raved:

“Suffused with gorgeous cinematography, this sharp-sweet drama is a pleasure to watch.” – Kate Muir, The Times of London

“Well-acted, smoothly crafted.” – 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

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is partnering with Cinema at the Lakes for a screening of "The Fencer" from 6:30 - 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. PLAC is located on Highway 71 in Okoboji. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit or call 712-332-7013 for ticketing information.

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