The fencerDownloadable Video - 2015 | Russian
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Nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Language Motion Picture. Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in fro... Read More »
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With all due respect, how can I run a sports club without any equipment?
-I really don't know. I couldn't say. You have the degree from Leningrad, not me.
What are you doing?
What are you practicing?
Is it difficult?
- Yes, it is quite difficult.
Could you teach me, maybe? I wanted to go to ballet school, but we don't have one here.
- What's your name?
- I can't teach you, Marta.
-Because there's no point in fencing alone!
You won't even let us try!
- It's not that simple, Marta.
It is! We wanna go, but you won't let us!
- Look, Marta...
You think we're no good?
-No, that's not it...
- It's not that you're not good. You are good. But it will be tough. We've been
practicing for a very short time. And you're not quite ready yet for...
Don't go away anymore! Promise? We don't want to fence alone.
I feel as if I've been running all my life... And I'm tired of it.
-So instead you want to be sent to Siberia to die?
What should I say to the children? What should I tell them? I can't let them down! They trust me like a...
- A father?
Yes, like a father.
-Do you know how many of them have fathers? Have you asked?
Yes, I have!
-Toomas' father is dead, and so is Marta's! She looks after two little ones, while her mother works two shifts! Jaan's father is missing and now they took his grandfather! I saw their faces when they heard that their fathers will not come back. That wasn't even the worst part. It was the endless, useless waiting! You can't go!
Maybe that's why I need to go...
On March 5th, 1953, Joseph Stalin died. Millions of prisoners were gradually released from labor camps. ... Endel Nelis died in 1993, two years after Estonia's independence and the fall of the Soviet Union. The fencing club he started still exists today.
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