PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
2016, IFC Films, 107 min, Dir: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

An icon in his native Brazil, Pelé is widely considered the greatest soccer player of all time, and this exciting biopic traces his rise from childhood poverty in São Paulo to the beginning of his career with the Santos team and first World Cup victory in 1958. Newcomers Leonardo Lima Carvalho and Kevin de Paula play the pre-teen and teenage Pelé, respectively, with Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro and Diego Boneta costarring.


THE FENCER
MIEKKAILIJA
2015, 93 min, Finland/Estonia/Germany, Dir: Klaus Härö

This touching 1950s-set drama about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through children who need him stars Märt Avandi as Endel Nelis, a young man who leaves Leningrad to escape the secret police. Arriving in Haapsalu, Estonia, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students, teaching them his great passion – fencing. But Endel is faced with a hard choice when the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad. In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles.


PAPERS IN THE WIND
PAPELES EN EL VIENTO
2015, 98 min, Dir: Juan Taratuto

Based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri (The Secret in Their Eyes), this Argentine box office hit takes a bittersweet look at the country’s most popular sport. Lifelong friends and fervent fans of Buenos Aires’ Independiente soccer team, Fernando (Diego Peretti), Mauricio (Pablo Echarri) and El Ruso (Pablo Rago) try to help when Fernando’s brother dies, leaving all his family’s money invested in the fortunes of one struggling athlete. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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