Release date:October 21, 2011
Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko moved to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, "Klitschko" offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers. Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are two exceptional boxers, both icons and role models in their native Ukraine and around the world. But they also represent the original Cold War nightmare: The Mighty Russian Boxer. The myth of the strongest man in the world has a new face now; actually two, The Klitschkos. But who are these smart gentlemen of boxing, each with a PhD and fluent in four languages? Will Wladimir dominate Heavy Weight Boxing for another five years; and will Vitali, the politician, someday become the President of Ukraine? Will they really stick with the promise they made to their mother, never to fight against each other? Award winning German director Sebastian Dehnhardt followed the Klitschkos on their most personal journey. Included in the film is long forgotten archival footage; interviews with people around the world who shared never-before-heard details; time spent with the brothers in the sacred locker room just minutes before their fights. The result is an incredible and intimate portrait of these two boxers. This feature documentary showcases the childhood of both brothers marked by socialist drills in the midst of the Cold War, growing up on Soviet Military Bases, and the impact that the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster had on their family. The film traces their path through life, their move from Germany to the United States and back to Europe and their rise to International Boxing Super-Stardom.