The Thrilling Story of Soccer’s Ultimate Underdog Triumph
In Theaters and on Digital Platforms on March 25, 2022
The universally acclaimed documentary, KING OTTO, the story of the miracle triumph of the 2004 Greek National Soccer Team at the European Championships will be released in North American theaters and across all digital and VOD platforms on March 25, 2022 – Greek Independence Day.
In what is being billed as the European Ted Lasso, the critically heralded film is set to take its place in the pantheon of inspiring sports dramas alongside Miracle, Hoosiers, and Cool Runnings. KING OTTO tells the improbable story of one of the biggest underdog soccer triumphs of all time, but at its finest, is an intimate and inspirational human story about an outsider daring to change his life and shake up the establishment at any cost.
In the summer of 2004, the Greek National Soccer Team, a country that had never previously won a game, or even scored a goal in a major tournament, defied 300 -1 odds to become the unlikeliest of European champions. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Zinedine Zidane’s France and David Beckham’s England were left stunned as an unfancied country, featuring players no one had ever heard of, single handedly took down the titans of the world’s game. The architect behind this unprecedented triumph was legendary German coach ‘King’ Otto Rehhagel. After accomplishing every major success in his own country, he made the bold decision to leave all he knew behind and work with the underachieving Greek National Team in a language he didn’t speak, and in a country he couldn’t understand. Director Christopher André Marks’ film is the story of how these two contrasting cultures came together to speak the same language and write a new chapter of Greek mythology.
Directed by: Christopher André Marks
Country of Origin: US / UK / Greece / Germany
Language: English / Greek / German
Distributor: MPI Media Group
Produced by: Shani Hinton and Christopher André Marks