Swedish Soccer-Themed Documentary ‘Becoming Zlatan’ Scores Big
Art and Experience: Fredrik and Magnus Gertten’s “Becoming Zlatan,” a documentary about European soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been picked up in major territories following Berlin’s European Film Market.
Repped by Vienna-based sales company Autlook Film, “Becoming Zlatan” sold to Bac Films (France), Studio Canal (UK & Ireland), Alamode (GAS), Tricon (former Yugoslavia), Beat 360 (CIS), with Greece, Cyprus, China and Hong Kong sales pending.
“Becoming Zlatan” was a box office hit in Sweden, where it was widely released on 200 screens by Triart.
“With the UEFA EURO 2016 coming up in France in June this year, the film will gain even more momentum, especially on the sales front. But sports events aside, it’s a rare coming-of-age story of an incredibly talented person who is catapulted into fame right in front of the camera, which audiences all around the world can relate to,” said Autlook Film Sales CEO Salma Abdalla.
“Becoming Zlatan” portrays the early years of Ibrahimovic through exclusive interviews with Ibrahimovic dating back to the start of his career at his local Malmö club in 1999. The documentary also captures Ibrahimovic’s conflict-ridden years with Ajax in Amsterdam, leading up to his 2005 breakthrough with Juventus in Italy. The docu also features interviews with his family, trainer and former colleagues.