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Indie Doc Beat: Zimbalist Bros. Strike Again

19 October 2010 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

By Sam Weisberg - October 20, 2010

In “The Two Escobars” brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist ("Favela rising") have taken three rather straightforward storylines—the rise and fall of a Messianic athlete, the rise and fall of a Robin Hood-like drug kingpin, and, most broadly, the rise and fall of a country—and interwined them into one of the most intensely complex documentaries ever made.

You don't walk out of “The Two Escobars” merely saddened by the dashed hopes and dreams of Andres Escobar, the star captain for the Colombian soccer team Atlético Nacional, who was gunned down just days after accidentally scoring against his team in the 1994 World Cup. Nor do you leave simply cursing Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord billionaire unrelated by blood to Andres but a not-so-silent partner of his soccer league—and an inevitable creator of the violence that fueled not just Andres' murder but his own, »

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Cannes Film Festival: The Two Escobars

11 May 2010 10:48 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Only rarely can a documentary match feature films for gripping human drama, but this one, The Two Escobars, has more than done that. Its two illustrious characters, born into unrelated Medellin families named Escobar, captivated the nation of Colombia for several years (ending in 1994) and shook its laissez-faire roots. Now their story captivates us. The 100-minute film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival April 22, and it will show Friday, May 14, at the Cannes Film Festival that begins this week. It is an official selection in Cinema de la Plage. This story of ill-gained power turned loose on soccer was directed by brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (Favela Rising, Tff '05). It traces the lives of Pablo Escobar, who rose to become Colombia's #1 drug lord and soccer supporter, and Andres Escobar, who, as inspirational team captain, helped »

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2010 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition

10 March 2010 12:26 PM, PST | Makingof.com | See recent Makingof.com news »

9th Annual Festival to Present 85 Feature-Length and 47 Short Film Selections from April 21 – May 2, 2010

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Tribeca Film Festival Virtual and Tribeca Film Boost Festival Reach 

New York, NY [March 10, 2010] – The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express®, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced the first 34 films to be presented among the 85 feature length and 47 short films at this year’s Festival. The 34 titles include 24 World Narrative and Documentary Competition films, as well as out-of-competition feature film selections in the Showcase and Special Events sections.

The 2010 Tff will take place from April 21 to May 2 in lower Manhattan. The 2010 film selection encompasses feature films from 38 different countries, including 45 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres and 12 New York Premieres, among which are 7 titles which are part of the fourth annual Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival. 96 directors will be presenting feature works at the Festival, with 38 of these filmmakers presenting »

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