Finnish-Estonian film nominated for Golden Globe

"Vehkleja" plakat

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Finnish-Estonian film «The Fencer» («Vehkleja»), which is also competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 88th Academy Awards, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The Golden Globe has been awarded by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1944. «The Fencer» is the second Estonian film to have been nominated for a Golden Globe, the previous one being the Estonian-Georgian film «Tangerines» («Mandariinid») last year.

In addition to «The Fencer», Hungarian, Belgian, French and Chilean films have also been nominated for the award.

On the Golden Globes home page «The Fencer» is being called a Finnish-German-Estonian film.

A total of 71 films from 46 countries were submitted this year. Estonia's entry «1944» did not make it to the shortlist.

The film is partly based on the life of Estonian fencer and coach Endel Nelis. The director is Finnish Klaus Haro and the cast is Estonian, with Mart Avandi in the leading role.