SFFL 2017: Icarus
UK Premiere. Winner of U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: The Orwell Award at Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Director: Bryan Fogel.
The ruthless worlds of international sports and politics rarely collide as spectacularly on screen as they do in Bryan Fogel’s thriller that’s sure to set off convulsions of controversy.
While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, Fogel connects with renegade scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of Russia’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. When the truth is more complex than imagined, and accusations run to Russia’s highest levels, the two realize they hold the power to reveal the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.
Exemplifying the special bond between filmmaker and subject, Icarus is a portrait of the sacrifice some people make to stand up for truth, placing you at the heart of an international game of cat and mouse where a miscalculation can cost you your life.
"This film is proof that, with the right protagonist, a documentary seems to tell its own story.” - Screen International
“A truly absorbing piece of filmmaking with so many shocking twists. Dark, gripping...and ultimately it’s one hell of a story. In the wake of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, it couldn’t be more timely.”- IndieWire