2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and Golden Globe shortlisted “The Fencer” to serve as Opening Night Film at 17th annual Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. (SFFLA), with Director Klaus Häro to attend

by Oliver Carnay

January 1, 2015 (Los Angeles, California) - “The Fencer” (Miekkallija), Finland’s nominated Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Golden Globe and Oscar (recently announced as one of the 9th film shortlisted) will serve as the Opening Night Film at the Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. to be held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills (135 So. Doheny Ave.) on January 9, 2016. Director Klaus Häro (best known from his films “Elina,” “Mother of Mine,” and “Letters to Father Jacob”) is expected to attend and have a Q&A.

“The Fencer” is based on the real life story of Estonian fencer Endel Nelis (1925-1993). Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and he has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger.

Celebrating its 17th anniversary, the festival which runs two weekends (January 9, 10, and 16, 17) will screen some of the top best films made from European and the Baltic region. Participating countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, among others. Some of these films amazing films are never released in the U.S. so it is a chance for film lovers to watch and enjoy these amazing films.

This year, in honor of the iconic actress - Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday celebration, in conjunction with the Swedish Film Institute Film Archive, there will be a special screening of the restored version of Gustaf Molander’s classic film “Intermezzo,” which is one of Bergman’s most memorable films. Although Bergman was a Hollywood royalty, she has made several Swedish films and this is a film where you can hear her speak in Swedish language.

SFFLA box-office online will open on January 4. Please call (323) 636-6404 for tickets. For complete schedule of films, please log on to www.SFFLA.net