A smash hit at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, this exhilarating documentary by director Gabe Polsky chronicles the rise and fall of Soviet hockey in the 1980s. During the Cold War, battles between East and West played out in sports as much as international politics. Stalin and his successors saw their athletes as ambassadors of ideology. RED ARMY Army reveals one of the most colorful chapters of this history, focusing on the Soviet hockey team and its rivalries with Canada and the USA. You do not need to be a hockey fan to get swept up in this story of friendship and divided loyalties. Director Gabe Polsky makes dazzling use of archival material from both sides of the Iron Curtain and draws on interviews with key figures of the area such as NHL coach Scotty Bowman. RED ARMY chronicles the dramatic stories on and off the ice. Polsky documents an interchange across the historical East-West divide that shows we still have a lot to learn about each other. Reopening this history makes for one of the most widely appealing documentaries of the year.