Documentary about Ukranian boxing brothers sells after debuting at Tribeca
On the heels of the film's Sunday debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, Corinth Films has acquired all North American rights to the boxing documentary "Klitschko."
The film deals with Wladimir Klitschko, the current IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion, and his brother Vitali Klitschko, who holds the WBC crown. The Ukranians are the first pair of brothers to simultaneously hold heavyweight crowns. Wladimir's win-loss record is 55-3, while his brother's is 42-2.
The brothers are also known, says one observer in the film, as "the most intelligent heavyweights ever." They have both earned PhDs, and have sworn never to fight each other. (Left to right: Vitali and Wladimir)
German director Sebastian Dehnhardt's previous work includes dozens of television documentaries dating back to 1996.
Wrote Lauren Wissot at Slant, "Dehnhardt's film eschews hype and goes far beyond mere talk, shows as well as tells, by including fascinatingly instructive slow-mo shots of both men's fights to highlight the differences between the brawny duo, often mistaken for identical twins."
In a press release announcing the sale, producer Leopold Hoesch called the sale "A dream come true – being selected by Tribeca Film Festival and immediately selling "Klitschko" afterwards."
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