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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

THE TWO ESCOBARS

TFF 2010 Directed by Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE THE TWO ESCOBARS [TFF 2010]
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Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. As Pablo's criminal success accelerated, his personal interest in (and financial support of) soccer became mirrored in a broader cultural fervor. The Colombian national soccer team rose to unprecedented glory, ultimately coming to a head when Andrés' shocking mistake in the 1994 World Cup lost his team the title, and lost his nation the chance to redeem its international image.

Mobilizing an encyclopedic arsenal of archival footage, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF '05) paint a portrait of a culture so invested in and defined by its sports team that one high-stakes mistake on the field could shatter its national identity, and ultimately cost a man his life. While adeptly investigating the intersections of crime, sports, and nationalism, the Zimbalists reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andrés and Pablo Escobar.

Interests
Crime, Sports, Documentary

Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. As Pablo's criminal success accelerated, his personal interest in (and financial support of) soccer became mirrored in a broader cultural fervor. The Colombian national soccer team rose to unprecedented glory, ultimately coming to a head when Andrés' shocking mistake in the 1994 World Cup lost his team the title, and lost his nation the chance to redeem its international image.

Mobilizing an encyclopedic arsenal of archival footage, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF '05) paint a portrait of a culture so invested in and defined by its sports team that one high-stakes mistake on the field could shatter its national identity, and ultimately cost a man his life. While adeptly investigating the intersections of crime, sports, and nationalism, the Zimbalists reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andrés and Pablo Escobar.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 100 minutes
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA, Colombia
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Screenwriter: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Editor: Jeff Zimbalist, Greg O'Toole
Director of Photography: Jeff Zimbalist
Contacts

Director
Michael Zimbalist
All Rise Films
Brooklyn, NY 1211
mzimbalist@allrisefilms.com

Submitter
Nancy Schafer
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 941-2370
nschafer@tribecafilmfestival.org

Press Contact
Jeff Zimbalist
All Rise Films
San Francisco, CA 94115
jeff.zimbalist@gmail.com

Director
Jeff Zimbalist
All Rise Films
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 896 6224
jeff.zimbalist@gmail.com

Press Contact
Alison Lazar
ESPN
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 448 4804
alison.lazar@espn.com

Main Contact
Charlotte von Hemert
San Francisco, CA 94110
c.vonhemert@gmail.com

Director
Michael Zimbalist
All Rise Films
Brooklyn, NY 1211
mzimbalist@allrisefilms.com

Submitter
Nancy Schafer
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 941-2370
nschafer@tribecafilmfestival.org

Press Contact
Jeff Zimbalist
All Rise Films
San Francisco, CA 94115
jeff.zimbalist@gmail.com

Director
Jeff Zimbalist
All Rise Films
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 896 6224
jeff.zimbalist@gmail.com

Press Contact
Alison Lazar
ESPN
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 448 4804
alison.lazar@espn.com

Main Contact
Charlotte von Hemert
San Francisco, CA 94110
c.vonhemert@gmail.com

Special Note

About the Director(s)
Jeff Zimbalist won the Best New Documentary Filmmaker award at the Festival in 2005 for Favela Rising and is an Emmy nominee whose films have been broadcast on HBO, PBS, and the BBC.

Michael Zimbalist has written, directed, and produced for The World Bank and HBO among others. With Jeff he wrote and will direct a feature narrative based on the true story of the first Colombian Peace Community.

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