History has given birth to many a hero from across the globe, especially in the field of sports, fantastic stories of true grit, determination and underdog spirit proving triumphant despite horrible odds. Such a story will now come to Indian shores as Jesse Owens’ much awaited biopic RACE is all set to release on 11th March!
World record breaking Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens has been a timeless global icon. Even in this information age when fame is fleeting, the four-time gold medal winner’s victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics still resonates. His performance at the Games was a shining moment that lit up the world. 80 years later, Owens remains one of a handful of Olympic heroes whose name and image are an indelible part of our cultural heritage.
RACE starring rising star Stephan James (of Selma fame) is 2016’s landmark biographical sports drama film based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
Stephen Hopkins, the director of the movie has tried his best to portray the life of Jesse Owens and when asked about the same, Hopkins adds,
“I don’t think it’s possible to do full justice to Jesse Owens’ life in a two-hour movie. By honing in on the years 1934 to 1936, we see him mature from a talented runner into a worldwide champion. The time frame of his accomplishment was also of great dramatic interest; it could not have happened before or after because of certain advances in technology and because of the rise of Fascism in Europe.”
Distributors of the movie in India, Star Entertainment, Luv Films and Muviwale Entertainment, talking on the similar notions say,
This is a big production about a REAL HERO and a True story : Jesse Owens was recognized in his lifetime as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history, His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than has been called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport” and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters,200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the Olympic Games!This is what makes the film a must-watch and were proud to present this in India!
The film has opened to glowing reviews in the American market, sparking off strong 2017 Oscar buzz already!!
Catch a glimpse of history never seen before as RACE is all set to hit the Indian theatres on 11th March, 2016.