WHERE TO WATCH
Klitschko tells the captivating story of the boxing world’s most famous brothers: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. From the socialist drill of their childhood in the Ukraine, and their first successes as amateurs, to their move to Germany and subsequent rise as international stars and holders of the championship titles of all five boxing federations, their matches draw audiences in more than 100 countries around the globe. Along the way they experience defeats and setbacks, low points and triumphant comebacks as well as conflicts with each other.
Exciting conversations with companions and opponents, including the very first interview with the Klitschkos’ parents, give insight into their personal lives, plus never-before-seen footage of the draining preparations for a fight, and the spectacular boxing matches. Director Sebastian Dehnhardt composes an intimate and fascinating portrait of two exceptional athletes who are, before all else, brothers. (The Klitschkos have since been featured in a NY Times article highlighting Ukrainian athletes growing up in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which is encompassed in the film).
Featured in this film is the late Emanuel Steward, an icon of the boxing world, trainer, and father figure to many champions. Says the younger Klitschko, whom Steward trained until his death: “I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship. Rest in peace Emanuel. You will be greatly missed.”
By Kenneth Turan
“The writer A.J. Liebling famously called boxing ‘the sweet science’, but it doesn’t always play out that way in fight films, where boxers often come off as lacking in personality, intelligence or both. When it comes to the subjects of Klitschko, however, there is a lot more to the story than we are used to getting – twice as much, in fact.”
The Huffington Post
By Zorianna Kit
“As far as boxing stories go, the fascinating documentary feature Klitschko is anything but the typical boxing story of a misguided youth getting into trouble on the streets who eventually finds his way out through boxing.”
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
- Tribeca Film Festival