Saturday, October 6, 2012 5:30 PM
Hailed as one of the best documentaries of the year at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Klitschko is the riveting, true story of Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who began their heavyweight boxing careers in 1996 and changed the sport forever.
One name-two brothers, the film looks at the two characters who are friends, brothers and involved in politics, have doctorates, and carry some blistering boxing records. This is a captivating glimpse into the lives of the first brothers in the sport of heavyweight boxing to ever hold world titles at the same time.
Directed by award-winning German filmmaker Sebastian Dehnhardt, the documentary follows the world champion heavyweight boxers and brothers’ ups-and-downs during their extraordinary 15-year-reign over the boxing world. The chronicle features never-before-seen footage and secret information about the brothers, speculated about for years but never divulged. Dehnhardt exposes insightful details about their careers, and digs deeply into their poignant family life as they grew up in Ukraine. The brothers' candidness forms the heart of the film.
As the story moves into their careers from their early fights, the Olympics, and their encounters with the likes of Don King and Mike Tyson, a clearer picture emerges of their similarities and differences in and out of the ring. The question of whether Klitschko brothers will ever fight each other has been extensively discussed over the past years and the documentary has something to say about this as well.
With a plethora of archival material and interviews with boxing luminaries, Klitschko is a stylish, illustrative look at two brothers who are more than just champions in the boxing ring. Who really are Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, both human wrecking machines in the ring but with PhDs and fluent in 4 languages? How long are they likely to reign over the boxing world? Only one way to find out.
Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt, 118 min, German/Ukrainian/English (w/Eng. subtitles), 2011
“Excellent documentary!” – boxinginsider
“One of the best docs at this year’s festival (Tribeca). Highly recommended!” – Libertas Film Magazine
“If it need be scored, I would give it a 100/100 score with absolutely no hesitation!” – East Side Boxing