The Two Escobars (image 1)

A fast-paced high-kicking look at the golden age of narco-soccer in Colombia.

Bilge Ebiri, New York

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Two Escobars 2010

Directed by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist

Documenting the entwined lives of soccer hero Andrés Escobar and notorious drug baron Pablo Escobar (no relation), this film uncovers Colombian soccer’s Faustian pact with the drug trade.

Colombia / USA In English and Spanish with English subtitles
102 minutes DigiBeta

Directors, Producers

Photography

Jeff Zimbalist

Editors

Jeff Zimbalist
,
Gregory O’Toole

Music

Ion Furjanic

With

Andrés Escobar
,
Pablo Escobar
,
María Ester Escobar
,
Francisco Maturana
,
Jaime Gaviria
,
John Jairo Velásquez aka Popeye
,
Leonel Álvarez
,
Chonto Herrera
,
Carlos ‘Pibe’ Valderrama
,
Tom Cash
,
César Gaviria
,
Pamela Cascardo

Festivals

Tribeca, Cannes (Official Selection) 2010

Elsewhere

The two Escobars, upstanding soccer hero Andrés and notorious drug baron Pablo, were not related by blood, but as Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s lively documentary shows their fates were helplessly entwined thanks to Colombian soccer’s Faustian pact with the drug trade. The charismatic Pablo quickly rose to power by ruthlessly eliminating his enemies. As his influence and wealth grew, so did his involvement in soccer. With mountains of laundered drug money being invested in the sport, the Colombian soccer team, led by Andrés, embarked on a golden run of success towards the 1994 World Cup. The Zimbalists have cajoled a treasure trove of archival material and offer compelling insight from Pablo’s inner circle and Andrés’ teammates to tell their sensational story, which culminates in one of the World Cup’s most infamous games. — MM.

“A chilling cautionary tale about what can happen when success becomes a drug. As with any addiction, once you’re hooked, the only thing that matters is maintaining the high at any cost.” — Matt Singer, IFC