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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
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 life. A new beginning. A secret past. See more »


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Country:

Finland | Estonia | Germany

Language:

Estonian | Russian | Armenian

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El esgrimista See more »

Filming Locations:

Haapsalu, Estonia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,605,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,572, 23 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,543, 11 January 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,458, 20 August 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

After Marta has finished her attack and she is returning from the opponent side, the wire is still running behind her. See more »

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Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) See more »

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admirable work
1 June 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a true story. this is , in too many cases, the most attractive detail. in the case of "The Fencer", the things are little more complicated. because it is, like many Estonian films, first a testimony. about politic pressure, about refuge, about passion and fundamental change. it is not easy to define it only as impressive/motivational/lovely film. because, using a well known recipes, it is a film about conscience. about self definition, honesty and duty. and, maybe, this is the great virtue of the director. to say what must be said. the story of Endel is the story of many "sinners" against Soviet rules. and this fact did it a beautiful eulogy of freedom. for me, this detail did it an admirable work.


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