LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2007)–National Geographic Films has taken a partnership stake in Michael Apted’s “The Power of the Game,” it was announced by Adam Leipzig, president of National Geographic Films. Joining Pathe, GOOD and Channel 4 on the film, NGF will bring National Geographic’s many program resources, extensive audience outreach and multiple media platforms to marketing and supporting the film domestically and internationally.
“The Power of the Game” interweaves six stories chronicling how soccer influences politics, race and society in South Africa, Iran, Argentina, England, Pakistan, Senegal and the United States. Juxtaposing footage from games leading to and throughout the 2006 World Cup, Apted highlights stories of triumph over adversity from around the globe to convey the transformative power of this international sport.
“The Power of the Game” premieres Saturday, April 28, at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the ESPN screenings of sports-related films.
“Overcoming language and cultural differences, sports have the ability to transcend all the usual barriers that keep people and nations apart,” said Tim Kelly, president, National Geographic Ventures. “The World Cup ranks with the Olympics in bringing the peoples of the world together to challenge each other on the playing field. ‘The Power of the Game’ displays how the love of soccer binds divergent athletes together in their universal humanity.”
“We’re thrilled to be involved with Michael Apted on ‘The Power of the Game,’ which captures the passion of this great sport. Since I came to National Geographic Films, I’ve hoped we could be involved in a Michael Apted movie because he is an extraordinary filmmaker who truly understands how to turn real-life experiences into classic and cinematic storytelling,” said Leipzig. “National Geographic’s in-depth collaboration will enable the film to reach moviegoers around the world in a way no other partnership could.”
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