Russian with English subtitles. A fencer who fled from the Russian secret police finds work in Estonia as a teacher and introduces his students to the sport. He is forced to choose between risking his safety or disappointing his students.

Fencer, The

Drama | Foreign | Sports | 2017


Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere, Liisa Koppel, Lembit Ulfsak


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 finds work as a teacher and starts 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.

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.


Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho


Klaus Härö