“Red Army”, dir. Gabe Polsky

PRESS RELEASE MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
RED ARMY
 
A Film By Gabe Polsky
Executive Produced By Jerry Weintraub & Werner Herzog
 
“One of the festival’s [Cannes] most pleasurable surprises." – New York Times
 
“Terrifically engaging. Always warm and revealing.” – Variety
 
“Gabe Polsky’s excellent documentary…offers a sharp and moving inquiry into the enormous burdens borne by Russia’s national hockey team.” – Hollywood Reporter
 
“This playful, poignant film presents a human story that transcends decades, borders and ideologies” – Time
 
 
“Since the time I finished the film, I’ve been very curious and excited to share the film with Russia. I always wondered what the people will think of it… what would Putin think if he were to see this?” - Director of “Red Army” Gabe Polsky
 
2014 Moscow International Film Festival, Official Opening Film
2014 Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection, Special Screening
 
Official screening:
Thursday June 19 – 19h00 – ‘Rossiya’ Theatre.
 
Press Screening:
Wednesday June 18 – 17h00 – Festival Press Centre “Teatr Kinoaktera”, 33, Povarskaya Str.
Attending MIFF – And Available For Interviews – Will Be Director Gabe Polsky
Soviet Red Army & NHL Hockey Star & Russian Duma Senator Viacheslav Fetisov
 
After a huge success at Cannes Film Festival, "Red Army" will open the 36th Moscow International Film Festival. It will be the first documentary to open the Russia’s biggest film festival.
 
RED ARMY is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union. RED ARMY is an inspiring story about a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians.
 
RED ARMY director & producer Gabe Polsky previously produced the Emmynominated HBO documentary His Way, and produced and co-directed the 2013 feature film The Motel Life, starring Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, and Stephen Dorff.
 
The Motel Life received notable critical acclaim and four awards at the 2012 Rome Film Festival, including the prestigious Audience Award. RED ARMY is Polsky's documentary directorial debut.
 
Viachaslav Fetisov is among the Soviet Union's most-decorated athletes, and he is considered one the best hockey players of all time. He was the long-time captain of the Soviet Union’s Red Army team, won seven world championships, two Olympic gold medals, and three Stanley Cups. He was a two-time NHL All Star and was named to the USSR First All-Star Team nine times. He was voted as one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation's Centennial All-Star Team and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
 
In the 1980s, Fetisov – whose personal, and political, status vacillated between national hero and enemy of the state – was instrumental in breaking the barrier that prevented Soviets from playing abroad. He was the first Soviet citizen to receive a visa that allowed him to play hockey in the west. Fetisov’s efforts paved the way for hundreds of Soviet and European players to play hockey in America.
 
After retiring as a player, Fetisov embarked on a political and executive career. He is currently a member of the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, and was instrumental in bringing the XXII Olympic Winter Games to Sochi, Russia. Fetisov is president of the professional Russian hockey club HC CSKA Moscow, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kontinental Hockey League, and chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency Athletes Committee. He was also the Minister of Sport in Russia from 2002 to 2008.
 
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to RED ARMY. Wild Bunch will be handling the remainder of the international territories.