The Fencer | Miekkailija

IMDB: 3.8 Stars

2015. Starring: Lembit Ulfsak, Ursula Ratasepp, Märt Avandi. Directed by Klaus Härö.

The Fencer (Finnish: Miekkailija) is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film based on the true story of Endel Nelis, an Estonian fencer and coach (1925-1993). It was directed by Klaus Härö, written by Anna Heinämaa, and was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

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 begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger.

Director Klaus Härö received the Ingmar Bergman Award in 2004, and three of his films have been chosen as Finland’s submissions for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.