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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Soviet Hockey Doc 'Red Army' Ahead of Cannes Premiere (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 23, 2014 at 11:41AM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to director Gabe Polsky's new documentary "Red Army" ahead of its premiere in the Cannes Film Festival Special Screening section.
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"Red Army."
"Red Army."

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to director Gabe Polsky's new documentary "Red Army" ahead of its premiere in the Cannes Film Festival Special Screening section. Here's the synopsis:

RED ARMY is about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team.  Filmmaker Gabe Polsky 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. 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.

The film was Executive Produced by Jerry Weintraub, Werner Herzog, and Liam Satre-Meloy. This is Polsky's followup to the 2012 narrative feature "Motel Life" starring Emile Hirsch. He previously worked as a producer on Herzog's "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." Trailer below.

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