Upcoming Fencing Movies Part 2: A Drama from Estonia

Miekkailija (Eng: The Fencer) is an international project based on the true story of Endel Nelis, an Estonian athlete and coach who was born in 1925 and passed away in 1993.  I did you the favor of using Google Translate on the Estonian-language Wikipedia page about him and found that the club he founded, En Garde Fencing Club, is still in business and was home to two-time world champion Nikolai Novosjolov.   This one is the only drama that I’ve heard of.  Fencing is full of strong personalities and lends itself well to storytelling.  I’d love to see more films that illuminate the history of our sport.

I am super excited about it.  Here’s the trailer!

I typed all the subtitles into Google Translate.  I thought about adding them as annotations to a mirror of this Youtube video but a) I was concerned about it getting taken down for copyright violations and b) if the filmmakers see all these hits coming from American viewers, I think they’re more likely to make the movie available in the US.  Here they are, panel by panel.  You can thank me later.

Making Movies PRESENTS

a Klaus Haron FILM

THE FENCER

Sports club – FENCING

A FRESH START

“When I’m speaking, look at me!”

“I think it’s really great what you’re doing with the children.”

“Bye coach!”

A TASK

“I want to know everything you can find out about Endel Nelis.”

THE SHADOW OF THE PAST

“Your best bet is to leave before it is too late.”

“Look, a tournament!”

“Where?” — “In Leningrad!”

“What’s in Leningrad?”

[hands are shown holding a Nazi-era wehrpass – a documentation record for draftees into the German army]

“Your life is in danger and you just take care of the children!”

FATE

LOVE

A KLAUS HARON FILM: THE FENCER

IN THEATRES SPRING 2015

Political intrigue and sport fencing in one movie?  I can’t wait.  Filming began in February and the film is scheduled for release in spring 2015.

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