The Lake Placid Film Forum performed quite a coup in grabbing Gabe Polsky's film "Red Army" before its official national opening in New York next week. This award-winning film will be shown at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for this weekend only, before being released to all major commercial movie houses.
Director Gabe Polsky, “Red Army” goes behind the Iron Curtain and tracks the Soviet Union’s hockey team domination to its unraveling at the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic Games to its ultimate demise.
Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kathleen CarrolI first saw the ”Red Army” at a film screening during the New York Film Festival. She knew immediately that this would be an important film to show in Lake Placid with its focus on the Cold War Russian dominance of hockey, ties to the 1980 Winter Olympic Russian hockey team and the United States Olympic gold medal win, dubbed “The Miracle on Ice.”
“I knew this film’s connection to Lake Placid was strong. After talking to Gabe and learned about his love of the Adirondacks and personal connection to Lake Placid,” says Carroll. “I knew this was a film we needed to show. Gabe played hockey in Lake Placid until he was seventeen.”
“Red Army,” Polsky tracks the Russian hockey dynasty through the eyes of its captain Slava Fetisov. The film reveals how Fetisov fell from the pedestal of Russian national hero to national enemy during the Cold War when hockey wasn’t just a game, but political propaganda and its players were pawns.
With some narration by Fetisov, “Red Army” has its Adirondack ties with emotional footage of the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic “Miracle” win, but glimpses into the emotional defeat from the Russian players’ eyes.
Children were recruited from a young age and only the elite were allowed to be part of an elusive team. The film links the Soviet Union’s political rise and fall to its prestigious hockey team. Using archival film clips, the documentary spotlights a team that practiced for hours daily, was watched and threatened by the KGB, and was isolated from family.
“Red Army” is rated PG and will be shown this Friday and Saturday (November 7-8) at 7 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office for $7. Since the LP Film Forum is presenting first-run films, a schedule is not available in advance. The monthly series will continue through May.
video clip trailer credit Gabe Polsky Films
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