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The Fencer



The Fencer


Monday 10 June 8.30pm Channel 039

A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and a creates 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 but the envious principal starts investigating Endel’s background. When the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, Endel must make a choice - risk everything to take the children there or put his safety first. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Feature 2016. Starring Mart Avandi & Ursula Ratasepp