About the Movie

Klaus Härö’s THE FENCER is a touching drama about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through children who need him.

Synopsis

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.

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Cast

Endel

Märt Avandi

Kadri

Ursula Ratasepp

Marta

Liisa Koppel

Jaan's grandfather

Lembit Ulfsak

Crew

Director

Klaus Härö

Writer

Anna Heinämaa

Director of Photography

Tuomo Hutri

Set Design

Jaagup Roomet

Costume Design

Tiina Kaukanen

Make-up

Tiina Leesik

Producers

Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg, Jörg Bundschuh, Ivo Felt

Production Companies

Making Movies, KickFilm and Allfilm 2015

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