The Fencer


The Fencer

The Fencer Movie – 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.




Nordic Lights Film Festival (Seattle, WA) 14 – 17 January 2016

Palm Springs International Film Festival (Palm Springs, CA) 1 – 11 January 2016

Una Finestra sul Nord (Florence, Italy) 11 – 13 December 2015

Cairo International Film Festival (Cairo, Egypt) 11 – 20 November 2015

Kyoto Historica International Film Festival (Kyoto, Japan) 31 October – 8 November 2015 – Opening night film

Screening Series

by Andy Friedenberg (2 – 5 November)

CINEMA SOCIETY OF LAS VEGAS (NEVADA) Monday, November 2, 4pm show

CINEMA SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO (CALIFORNIA) Tuesday, November 3, 4pm and 7pm shows

CINEMA SOCIETY OF SCOTTSDALE (ARIZONA) Wednesday, November 4, 7pm show

CINEMA SOCIETY OF PEBBLECREEK (ARIZONA) Thursday, November 5, 10am show

CINEMA SOCIETY OF WEST VALLEY (ARIZONA) Thursday, November 5, 4pm and 4:30pm shows

Festival du Film Historique ASBL (Liège, Belgium) 15-18 October 2015



Märt Avandi


Ursula Ratasepp


Liisa Koppel

Jaan's grandfather

Lembit Ulfsak



Klaus Härö


Anna Heinämaa

Director of Photography

Tuomo Hutri

Set Design

Jaagup Roomet

Costume Design

Tiina Kaukanen


Tiina Leesik


Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg, Jörg Bundschuh, Ivo Felt

Production Companies

Making Movies, KickFilm and Allfilm 2015



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