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. From the USSR to Russia, 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.
From iconic Oscar and Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, 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 premieres January 23, 2015
“One of the [Cannes] festival’s most pleasurable surprises... Red Army is one of a handful of titles that...are keeping the critics from grumbling too loudly.” - New York Times
“Unbelievable-but-true. This playful, poignant film presents a human story that transcends decades, borders and ideologies. [...] Could escape the niche of documentaries and become a popular attraction on the order of Searching for Sugar Man. The film has heart, humor and unbelievable-but-true narrative twists.” - Time
“One of the most effortlessly pleasurable distractions in the Cannes festival program. Red Army is slick, witty, fast-moving. Offers a sharp and moving inquiry into the enormous burdens borne by Russia’s national hockey team.” - Hollywood Reporter
“I really enjoyed it...it was really exciting [and] emotional. It’s about the KLM line and the Big 5, but it mostly centered around growing up in the KGB and the old Soviet system and everything that went with that.” -Wayne Gretzky on SportsNet Radio
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Director: Gabe Polsky
Casting: Scotty Bowman, Mark Deakins, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Anatoli Karpov, Alexei Kasatonov, Ken Kurtis, Felix Nechepore, Vladimir Pozner, Tatiana Tarasova,Vladislav Tretiak
Producer: Gabe Plsky
Music: Christophe Beck, Leo Birenberg
Cinematography: Svetlana Cvetko, Peter Zeitlinger