The fencing master

The fencing master

Original title: El maestro de esgrima
Production: Altube Films; Esicma S.R.L; Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA); Origen Producciones Cinematograficas S.A.
Country: Spain
Director: Pedro Olea
Script: Pedro Olea; Antonio Larreta; Francisco Prada
Photography: Alfredo Mayo
Music: José Nieto
Cast: Assumpta Serna; Omero Antonutti; Joaquim de Almeida; José Luis López Vázquez; Miguel Rellán; Alberto Closas; Elisa Matilla; Ramón Goyanes; Juan Jesús Valverde; Francisco Vidal; Tomás Repila; Marcos Tizón; Miguel Ángel Salomón; Sonsoles Benedicto
Year: 1992
Duration: 88
Genre: Historical
Color: Color
Original language: Spanish
Languages available: Spanish
Subtitles: English


A fencing master in pre-revolution Spain is hired to teach fencing to a beautiful young woman. Although he has never taught a woman before he is fascinated by her and agrees. She wishes to learn a particular thrust which he is famous for. When a local nobleman becomes involved with her the intrigue begins.

Based on the novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.


Winner of 3 Goya Awards 1993: Best Screenplay - Adapted (Francisco Prada, Antonio Larreta, Pedro Olea, Arturo Pérez-Reverte); Best Original Score (José Nieto); and, Best Costume Design (Javier Artiñano)

Winner of 4 Awards, at Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 1993: Best Film; Best Cinematography (Alfredo Mayo); Best Editing (José Salcedo); and, Best Score (José Nieto)

Winner of an ADIRCAE Award, 1993: Best actress (Assumpta Serna)

Winner of an Award, at Cognac Festival du Film Policier 1994: Best actress (Assumpta Serna)

Nominated to 8 Goya Awards 1993: Best Film; Best Director (Pedro Olea); Best Actress (Assumpta Serna); Best Cinematography (Alfredo Mayo); Best Production Design (Luis Vallés); Best Editing (José Salcedo); Best Make-Up and Hairstyles (Romana González, Josefa Morales); and, Best Production Supervision (Antonio Guillén Rey)

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