IFC Films has acquired North American distribution rights to “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” a film written and directed by Michael and Jeffrey Zimbalist, whose previous film, “The Two Escobars,” was an official selection of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
“Pelé: Birth of a Legend” follows the early career of the soccer player, from his impoverished childhood to his glorious World Cup win at just 17 years and old and subsequent rise to stardom. The film was shot entirely on location in Brazil. The cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge and Diego Boneta. Pelé himself serves as executive producer on the film.
IFC Films will release the “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” in 2016.