"The Fencer" 2015

The Fencer

In 1952 an introvert fencing champion from Leningrad arrives to a small town of Haapsalu. In spite of the opposition from the principal he starts to teach fencing for children in troubled times. The defeated headmaster starts to investigate why did the young teacher really arrive.

In 1952 a young fencing champion Endel arrives in a small town Haapsalu to work as a physical training teacher. For an introvert man it is hard to get contact with the children who have been through a lot.

In spite of the opposition of the principal of the school, Endel manages to get a permit to teach fencing for children. Slowly it becomes a therapy for the children as well as the teacher himself – a way to deal with everyday grim.

The defeated principal is holding a grudge and starts to investigate, why did the champion of the Soviet Union really come to a small town.

“The Fencer” is partly based on true life events of an Estonian sportsman and coach Endel Nelis (1925-1993)

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 ja Allfilm 2015
Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere, Jaak Prints, Kirill Käro, Lembit Ulfsak, Joonas Koff, Liisa Koppel, Ann-Lisett Rebane, Egert Kadastu, Elbe Reiter, Maria Klenskaja, Andres Lepik, Leida Rammo, Tõnu Oja etc.
Feature / 90 min. / 1:2,35 / DCP / 5.1
Domestic release date March, 2015

“The Fencer” festivals:

  • Munich International Film Festival
    • Bernard Wicki award
  • Festival de Cinema European Des Arcs
  • Arras Film festival
    • Audience award
  • Una Finestra Su Nord International Film Festival


  • Cairo International Film Festival
  • Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
  • Cameraimage International Film Festival
  • Golden Globe nomination
"The Fencer" 2015