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The Fencer

A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background…

Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.

Shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe nominee, The Fencer is a stirring tale of a courage and conviction, based on a true story.

"Suffused with gorgeous cinematography, this sharp-sweet drama is a pleasure to watch." Kate Muir, The Times

"An affecting portrait of a decent man who risks his life to uphold a bond of trust with his students." Marilyn Ferdinand, Chicago Reader

Director: Klaus Haro
Country of Origin: Finland/Estronia
Year: 2015
Running Time: 99 mins
Format: DCP
Language: In Estonian, Russian with English subtitles
Classification: PG
Related Links: Official Website
Cast: Kirill Käro, Lembit Ulfsak, Märt Avandi

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