Friday, 18 December 2015

'The Fencer' advances to top 9 in Oscars race | News | ERR

The Finnish-Estonian co-production "The Fencer" has advanced in the race for the Oscar for best foreign-language film, moving on to the next phase of voting for the 88th Academy Awards.

The list of 80 films originally considered eligible for the Oscar, including Estonia's choice "1944," have been narrowed down to nine:

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra
Denmark, “A War,” Tobias Lindholm
Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Härö
France, “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli
Hungary, “Son of Saul,” László Nemes
Ireland, “Viva,” Paddy Breathnach
Jordan, “Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar

The list of five official nominees will be announced on January 14. The Oscars gala will be held on February 28.

"The Fencer" has also recently been nominated for a Golden Globe.

The film tells the story of the legendary Estonian fencing coach Endel Nelis (1925-1993), played by Estonian actor Märt Avandi. It is directed by Klaus Härö and based on the original screenplay by Anna Heinämaa.

Last year, Estonia's entry "Tangerines" earned an Oscar nomination but lost to Poland's "Ida" in the end. "The Fencer" represents Finland.

Source: 'The Fencer' advances to top 9 in Oscars race | News | ERR