Icarus follows director Bryan Fogel and the renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program.
Director: Bryan Fogel
2017/121 minutes/USA/Russian, English with English subtitles
Community Partners: Denver Film Society and East High School
Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. Fogel helped Rodchenkov navigate the crisis by assisting with legal counsel, immigration advice, coordination with the FBI, CIA, the DOJ and ultimately, the hopeful political asylum of Dr. Rodchenkov. In exposing a conspiracy that spanned more than four decades, Fogel revealed, and intricately documented, the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.
Icarus received rave reviews and won the first-ever Special Jury Orwell Award at 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at Sundance London among many other accolades. It was acquired by Netflix in one of the largest nonfiction deals in history. Icarus was named Best Documentary by the Academy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA; Fogel has been nominated for Best Director of a Documentary by the Directors Guild of America.
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