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Country: USA, RUSSIA
Run Time: 80 minutes
RED PENGUINS is not your average sports documentary. Then again, the circumstances under which the Red Army hockey team played after the fall of the Soviet Union aren’t so average either. Hockey fan or not, this insane tale has a bit of everything: the Russian mafia, kooky mascots, hushed deals with Disney, assassinations—even strippers and live bears on ice. When the Russian owners of what used to be the world’s greatest hockey team approach the Pittsburgh Penguins about a jointly owned “Russian Penguins” team, American investors jump on the opportunity to inject a bit of sweet, sweet capitalism into the country’s veins. With the help of Steve Warshaw, eccentric American marketing ace, once empty ice rinks are packed as NHL showmanship and corporate sponsorships are taken to the extreme. Audiences love the stream of free beer and surprise giveaways, but greater powers aim to dissolve what began as an experiment in U.S.-Russian entrepreneurial collaboration. Featuring candid interviews with the larger-than-life characters involved— including one of INTERPOL’s most wanted criminals—RED PENGUINS is a simultaneously chilling and absurdly comic dive into the dangerous collision of unchecked oligarchs and bold opportunism. (In English and Russian with subtitles) — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 5:10 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
Ad Hoc Docs Competition