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Thu, Feb 11, 2016
at 7:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Fleeing from Russian secret police in early 1950’s, a young Baltic dissident leaves Leningrad to settle in the small coastal village of Haapsalua, Estonia. There, he finds work as a school gym teacher and becomes a father figure to his students by teaching them his great passion—fencing. As a fencing tournament in Leningrad approaches, he’s forced to make a difficult choice. Will he take the children to compete or will he abandon them in order to save himself? Based on a true story, Härö’s rousing historical drama opens a window into Soviet and sports history alike. In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles. (93 mins.)


Sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation.

Filmography: Letters to Father Jacob (2009), The New Man (2007), Mother of Mine (2005)

Interests: Oscar Submissions.

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