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The Fencer (2015)

Original title: Miekkailija

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Feature film | Drama | Sport Duration 98:00

In 1952 a young fencing champion Endel arrives in a small town Haapsalu to work as a physical training teacher. 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 ...

Director: Klaus Härö

Keywords: loving wife | love | self-accomplishment | épée fencing | making a phone call | helping people | tension between people | human relationships | personality | physical education | View all »

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Videos (4)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Making Movies (Finland)
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama, Sport
Subtitles Estonian
Duration 98:00


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Producer Jörg Bundschuh | Ivo Felt | Kai Nordberg | Kaarle Aho
Director Klaus Härö
Screenwriter Anna Heinämaa
Cinematographer Tuomo Hutri
Production Desinger Jaagup Roomet
Costume Designer Tiina Kaukanen
Composer Gert Wilder jr.
Sound Designer Peter Riegel | Maik Siegle
Editor Tambet Tasuja | Ueli Christen


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ursula Ratasepp - Kadri | Hendrik Toompere jr - Principal | Liisa Koppel - Marta | Joonas Koff - Jaan | Egert Kadastu - Toomas | Ann-Lisett Rebane - Lea | Elbe Reiter - Tiiu | Jaak Prints - Principal's Assistant | Kirill Käro - Aleksey

First releases

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  • in cinema: 05.03.2015, Cinema Maxim, Helsinki, Finland
  • in cinema: 11.03.2015, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, The Bridge - German Cinema Award for Peace (Germany), 2015, Special Prize
  • Participation, Arras Film Festival (France), 2015, Audience Award
  • Award, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2015, Tridens Estonian Film Award

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm