18.12.2015, Making Movies
The Fencer (Miekkailija), directed by Klaus Härö and produced by Making Movies, has made it to the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ nine shortlist among the Foreign Language films. The final five Oscar nominees will be announced on 14th January 2016.
“The Fencer’s historic success is proof of the power of cooperation. There has been a big group of people who have been working on our Oscar and Golden Globe campaigns and they have certainly excelled themselves. A huge thank you to all of them. I hope that the prosperity of this film acts as a pioneer for the entire Finnish society. Together we can to achieve even the highest goals. The Fencer is a first class movie and its makers really deserve all the international recognition for their gorgeous craftsmanship”, says producer Kai Nordberg.
The Fencer was nominated for Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Film category last week. Prestigious Golden Globes will be announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Awards Gala will be held on 10th January 2014. The previous and the first Finnish film nominated for a Golden Globe Award was The White Reindeer (Valkoinen peura), which also won the award in 1957.
The Fencer is Finland’s official representative in the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category.
The Fencer movie has initiated the first Indiegogo crowdfunding Oscar campaign in the Finnish film history. With this campaign we are raising part of the needed funds for the film’s marketing expenses, in order to have a credibility in the tough competition for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination and the Award. The goal of the campaign is to make The Fencer the first Finnish Oscar-winning film.
The Fencer is Härö’s fifth feature-length film. It had its premiere in Finland in March 2015, and the movie continues in the programme. The film has been see by more than 58 000 viewers so far in Finland.
Some medias who have reported about the Oscar shortlist – Variety: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/oscars-foreign-language-film-shortlist-1201664612/ & The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-9-titles-advance-foreign-850070
The Fencer’s Oscar Crowdfunding campaign: www.igg.me/at/thefencer
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