Pioner Cinema » Pelé: Birth of a Legend
  • Biography
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  • 2016
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  • 107 min.
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  • USA
  • director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
  • cast: Kevin de Paula, Seu Jorge, Mariana Nunes, Leonardo Lima Carvalho
  • language: English audio with Russian subtitles at Pioner on Kutuzovsky. Dubbed (Russian) version at Summer Pioner in Gorky Park and in Sokolniki Park
  • restrictions: 12+

A biographical drama about the whirlwind beginnings of Brazilian wunderkind Edson Arantes do Nascimento’s football career – better known to the world as Pelé. While growing up in the slums of Sao Paulo, Pelé first stepped onto a football pitch for an official match at age fifteen, and within two years he brought Brazil a World Cup with the deciding goal against the hosting Swedish team.

The young Zimbalist brothers’ biopic is not so much a documentary about the outstanding career of one of the most famous athletes of the 20th century as it is the story of a footballer who couldn’t and wouldn’t play like everyone else – and instead turned his playing style into a world standard.


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