RED PENGUINS
Feature Documentary | 80 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/11/2019 and 10/12/2019
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Directed By
Gabe Polsky

Produced By
Gabe Polsky

Written By
Gabe Polsky


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US Premiere

2019 | English/Russian | USA/Russia

Complete with gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, RED PENGUINS tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz Steve Warshaw is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.