The definitive story of the man they still call The King, this new documentary feature covers the extraordinary 12-year period in which Pelé went from teenage superstar in 1958 to saviour in 1970, as Brazil veered from democracy to authoritarian state. A global icon and pioneer, Pelé transformed his country’s reputation, self-worth and cultural identity, despite being dismissed as “yesterday’s man” by large swaths of the Brazilian press ahead of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
‘Explosive … absorbing … a delight’ The Times
‘Stirring and vivid … the film takes a sharp, dark and gripping turn into politics’ The Guardian
‘Gripping film’ BBC
‘Genuinely touching’ GQ
Director David Tryhorn & Ben Nicholas
Executive Producer Kevin Macdonald
Composers Antônio Pinto, Gabriel Ferreira & Felipe Kim