Cinema Speakeasy is thrilled to present a screening of Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s Los Angeles run for their feature-length documentary The Two Escobars. Come join us for a special Q&A with the directors, and a rollicking look at drugs and soccer, and the men that rise (and fall) in both.
The Two Escobars
Dir. Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Tuesday November 2nd, 7:30PM
Laemmle’s Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90211)
Tickets available online here, or at the door. Cost: $11.
Q&A with the directors will take place after the screening
[Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival's Cara Cusumano]
Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia’s most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. As Pablo’s criminal success accelerated, his personal interest in (and financial support of) soccer became mirrored in a broader cultural fervor. The Colombian national soccer team rose to unprecedented glory, ultimately coming to a head when Andrés’ shocking mistake in the 1994 World Cup lost his team the title, and lost his nation the chance to redeem its international image. Mobilizing an encyclopedic arsenal of archival footage, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF ’05) paint a portrait of a culture so invested in and defined by its sports team that one high-stakes mistake on the field could shatter its national identity, and ultimately cost a man his life. While adeptly investigating the intersections of crime, sports, and nationalism, the Zimbalists reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andrés and Pablo Escobar.