The 39th Portland International Film Festival: THE FENCER

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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.)

Opening Night presented by Umpqua Bank.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Delta Airlines, LAIKA, Willamette Week, Regal Entertainment Group, Travel Portland, Umpqua Bank, The Autzen Foundation, Amtrak Cascades, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Eastund, Voodoo Doughnut, TV5Monde, and many others.

screens Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located inside the Portland Art Museum) and at 7:15pm at Regal Fox Tower as the the Opening Night selection of the 39th Portland International Film Festival. Tickets for Opening Night are available here. The film also plays on Sunday, February 14 at 7pm at the Whitsell Auditorium. Tickets for that screening are available here.

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