Watch: Trailer for Soviet Hockey Doc 'Red Army' Premiering in Cannes
by Alex Billington
April 24, 2014
"I don't want 'em here, players don't want 'em here…" Bring on the Soviets. Sony Pictures Classics recently secured US distribution to this doc, titled Red Army, which will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival as a Special Screening. It's actually a hockey doc, about "the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team." The first trailer has been out for a few months and now we can feature it with the premiere just a few weeks away. The doc "tells an extraordinary human story from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the friendships, the betrayals, and the personal dramas, which led to his transformation from national hero to political enemy." This looks really, really good. Fire it up below!
Here's the first full trailer for Gabe Polsky's documentary Red Army, found on YouTube:
Following the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, Gabe Polsky's Red Army tells the story of the nation's famed "Red Army" hockey team through the eyes of its captain Slava Fetisov. Whether he was pitted against enemies in the political arena or on the ice, Fetisov's story provides a rare glimpse behind the Iron Curtain of the 1970s and '80s by mirroring the social and political forces at work in the world around him. While helping pave the way for his nation to cross over into the next century, this one man demonstrated how sports could not only be an avenue for creative expression in a world determined to suppress it, but also be something so inextricably intertwined with a nation's cultural and political identity. Catch this art:
Red Army will premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival this May in the Special Screening category. Sony Pictures Classics just picked up rights and will release the doc later this year, but no date has been set yet.