Sony Classics Picks Up Cannes-Bound Hockey Doc 'Red Army'

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Filmmaker Gabe Polsky looks at the Soviet Union's famed hockey team in the documentary, which will premiere as a Special Screening at the festival.

In advance of the movie's world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American and other rights to Gabe Polsky's Red Army, a documentary about the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team.

Polsky tells the team's story from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, a national hero who became a political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements amid the rise and fall of the the Soviet Union. "At its heart, this is a film about the Russian soul," Polsky said. 

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Red Army, which will play the festival as a special screening, was executive-produced by Jerry Weintraub, Werner Herzog and Liam Satre-Meloy.

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In addition to North America, SPC also picked up rights to Eastern Europe and Asia. "We can't wait to present this film to audiences everywhere. This is Russian history as seen from the perspective of professional ice hockey," said SPC co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker.

"Director Gabe Polsky has made a dramatic, entertaining movie about historic heroes on the ice. Red Army has the same level of depth and freshness as Inside Job and Fog of War, the last two documentaries we brought to Cannes. We look forward to presenting the film with Gabe and his producers."