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The Fencer (2015)

Miekkailija (original title)
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Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Director:

Klaus Härö

Writer:

Anna Heinämaa
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Märt Avandi ... Endel Nelis
Ursula Ratasepp Ursula Ratasepp ... Kadri
Hendrik Toompere Sr. Hendrik Toompere Sr. ... Principal (as Hendrik Toompere)
Liisa Koppel ... Marta
Joonas Koff Joonas Koff ... Jaan
Egert Kadastu Egert Kadastu ... Toomas
Ann-Lisett Rebane Ann-Lisett Rebane ... Lea
Elbe Reiter Elbe Reiter ... Tiiu
Jaak Prints Jaak Prints ... Principal's assistant
Kirill Käro ... Aleksei
Lembit Ulfsak ... Jaan's grandfather
Leida Rammo Leida Rammo ... Boarding house's hostess
Raimo Pass Raimo Pass ... Officer
Erkki Tikkan Erkki Tikkan ... Officer
Maria Avdjushko Maria Avdjushko ... Clerk in Leningrad
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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 begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of an Estonian fencer Endel Nelis (1925-1993). Written by Mattias Aabmets

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A new beginning. A mission. A shadow from the past. Destiny. Love. See more »


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Finnish candidate for the best foreign language film in 2016 Academy Awards. See more »

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Nelis was not arrested after the fencing tournament in Leningrad. See more »

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Referenced in La noche de...: La noche de... La clase de esgrima (2019) See more »

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Historical and poetical drama from Finland
20 October 2016 | by losindiscretoscineSee all my reviews

Historical and poetical drama nominated for the Golden Globes, The Fencer tells the true story of Endel Neils, played by the charismatic Märt Avandi. Endel comes back to his hometown in Estonia and try to open a fencer club in the school he works for, even though the Soviet Domination and the censorship cast a shadow over the country. The historical point of view and the period costumes give a certain charm to the love story that remains in the background. But, contrary to what we may think, the true love story is the one that joins together Endel and his students. Thank to fencing, both the children and the teacher will find a shelter where they can forget about the difficult historical context. Ant it was not in vain since the club is still open ! Full review on our blog : https://losindiscretos.org/2016/07/22/the- fencer-2015-klaus-haron/#fenceren


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Country:

Finland | Estonia | Germany

Language:

Estonian | Russian | Armenian

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Haapsalu, Estonia See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,605,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,572, 23 July 2017

Gross USA:

$95,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,289,014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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