Gabe Polsky, whose Red Army documentary gave viewers a look inside the Soviet Union’s vaunted Red Army hockey team (you know, the one that rolled through the world before being beaten at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics by Mike Eruzione and Team U.S.A), returns with Red Penguins, debuting at TIFF.
Complete with gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, RED PENGUINS tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.
The TIFF schedule:
|Public 1||09/05/19||6:30PM||Scotiabank 4|
|Press & Industry 1||09/07/19||11:15am||Scotiabank 14|
|Public 2||09/06/19||3:15PM||Tiff Bell Lightbox 2|
|Public 3||09/14/19||6:30PM||Scotiabank 4|
|Press & Industry 2||09/10/19||11:15am||Scotiabank 10|
Check this space for a review, coming soon!