The film opened in New York on 21 July 2017. The California Film Institute is the distributor.
The Fencer was one of the most astounding Estonian successes abroad in the last years. In 2015 it was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Golden Globe award and was also shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.
The film was shot in Estonia and coproduced by Allfilm. The Finnish production company is Making Movies.