Decorated Finnish Period Drama, THE FENCER, Fights For More Than Sport In The Latest Trailer

Director Klaus Härö's new film, The Fencer, has seen an ample and noteworthy festival run in the past year or so, celebrated highly throughout Europe and for several crowds in the U.S. for the multi-award winning feat it has grown to be. The Finnish period drama is based on a true story with Estonian actor Märt Avandi starring in the title role from a script by Anna Heinämaa and will now make its way toward City Cinemas in New York City on July 21 and at the Royal and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles, California on August 11 before releasing nationally.
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 founds 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. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background…

Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.
Catch the most recent trailer below.


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