Fencer, The

Category: feature
Director: Klaus Härö
Producer: Kai Nordberg
Kaarle Aho
Co-Producer: Ivo Felt
Country: Finland, Germany, Estonia
Year: 2015
Length: 99'
Production Status: completed

Summary

A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950's, having left Leningrad to escape the secret police. He finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students, where he starts teaching them his great passion - fencing. Disapproving, the school's principal starts investigating Endel's background.
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.

Participating Producers

Kaarle Aho

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