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Shortlisted for a 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, this elegantly crafted, superbly acted drama tells the story of a fencing instructor in post-war, Soviet-occupied Estonia, and bears similar themes and emotional impact to the superb Monsieur Lazhar.
Inspired by real-life events, The Fencer takes its cues from the life of legendary fencing master Endel Nelis, who founded a school for young swordsmen in the 1950s that still runs to this day. Endel hides from Stalin's secret police in a remote Estonian village because of his forced service in the German army during World War II. His attempts to keep a low profile as a physical education instructor at a local school come under threat when he uses his love of fencing to develop a rapport with his students and, consequently, raises the ire of the party-loyalist school principal.
|Actors||Lembit Ulfsak, Märt Avandi, Kirill Käro, Liisa Koppel, Kai Nordberg|
|Film Genre||World Cinema|
|Audio||Estonian (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Consumer Advice||Mild themes|
|Year of Release||2015|
|Primary Format - Movies/TV||DVD|
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