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THE KING - JARI LITMANEN

Directed by: Arto Koskinen
Original Title: Kuningas Litmanen
Genres: Documentary
Cast: Jari Litmanen, Bergkamp, Van der Saar, De Boer, Overmars, Puyol, Xavi, Ibrahimavic, Van Gaal, and many other football legends
Produced by: Mika Kaursimäki
Production Company: Marianna Films Oy
Production year: 2012
Release year: 2012
Country: Finland
Language: English, Finnish, Dutch, Spanish
Duration: 52 / 90 min
Subtitled Versions: English, Swedish
Formats: HD, DCP, Digibeta

Synopsis:

This is the story of professional football (soccer) player Jari Litmanen, often referred as the "king" or "artist”. The film is about what it takes to make it in football but it’s also a personal exploration revealing who Litmanen really is – the family man, the human being. We also delve into the sacrifices he's made in his private life and naturally, about how football has impacted his world. We travel to Lahti, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Liverpool and other footprints of his past and meet his former team-mates, coaches and friends. The film also covers the major turning points in his childhood, the top moments of his professional career, conflicts with coaches and inevitable injuries. We are also left to ponder just when and how Litmanen will finally end his long and distinguished career.

FESTIVALS

IDFA - 2012 - Reflecting Images: Panorama section Official Selection

Gothenburg International Film Festival 2013 Official Selection

DocPoint Tallinn 2013 Official Selection

11mm – International Football Film Festival, Berlin 2013 Official Selection

Finnish Film Days, Budapest 2013