The Fencer
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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Fleeing from the secret police, an ambitious young fencer finds himself teaching small-town children in a godforsaken spa resort, only to realize that this is exactly what he wants to do in life. But then his past begins to catch up with him.
Based on the true story of Endel Nelis, an Estonian Fencer and coach.
“A story about sacrifice, belief, fear and survival – a touching portrait of Estonia under the rigid Russian rule in the ’50s, where the resisters faced a risk of possible jail time or a deportation to the cold of Siberia.”
Finland Today

tags: History, Politics, Feature film, Sports

Cast: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Lembit Ulfsak, Liisa Koppel, Joonas Koff


Screenplay: Anna Heinämaa

Director of Photography: Tuomo Hutri F.S.C.

Film Editor: Tambet Tasuja, Ueli Christen

Composer: Gert Wilden jr.

Production Designer: Jaagup Roomet

Costume Design: Tiina Kaukanen

Sound: Peter Riegel, Maik Siegle

Producer: Kai Nordberg

Production Company: Making Movies Oy

Co-Producer: Jörg Bundschuh, Ivo Felt, Hubert von Spreti

Co-Production Company: Kick Film GmbH, Allfilm, BR/ARTE

World Sales: The Little Film Company

Distributor: Zorro Film GmbH

Director: Klaus Härö