The Fencer
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The Fencer


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Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he finds work as a teacher and starts 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. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children, and Endel becomes a role model and father figure. He learns to love the children, many of whom have been orphaned as a result of the Russian occupation. When the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, Endel must make a choice; risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.

Director(s)
Klaus Härö
Cast
Märt Avandi
Ursula Ratasepp
Hendrik Toompere

“Suffused with gorgeous cinematography, the sharp-sweet drama is Finland’s foreign Oscar entry and a pleasure to watch.” KATE MUIR, THE TIMES OF LONDON

“Well-acted, smoothly crafted"J USTIN CHANG, VARIETY

“An affecting portrait of a decent man who risks his life to uphold a bond of trust with his students.” MARILYN FERDINAND, CHICAGO READER