King Otto doc to kick off globally

King Otto doc to kick off globally

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International theatrical distribution outfit Piece of Magic Entertainment, Cinema Nolita and producer Shani Hinton (Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love) have joined forces on the worldwide theatrical release of Christopher André Marks’ upcoming feature doc King Otto


Back in 2004, against odds of 300-1, the Greek national football team won the European Championship under the leadership of legendary German football coach “King” Otto Rehhagel. After accomplishing every major footballing success in his own country, Otto took the bold decision to leave everything behind and work with the underachieving Greek team. 


This film aims to tell “the story of how these two contrasting cultures came together to speak the same language and unite to write a new chapter in Greek mythology,” reads a press statement released February 18 2020 by Piece Of Magic Entertainment CEO Caspar Nadaud. 


King Otto is the feature doc debut of Greek-American filmmaker Christopher André Marks, who previously  worked with HBO Sports and ESPN Films (Tiger Hood).


The agreement marks the second time Piece of Magic Entertainment has worked on a documentary produced by Shani Hinton, following the successful 2019 international theatrical release of the critically acclaimed documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.


Shani Hinton commented: “Chris is an exciting new director to be working with and has brought this wonderful, warm story of Greek glory to life at a time when we need such uplifting tales. Otto and the Greek team created a bond that has carried on to this day and it is this mutual love and respect that shines through Chris’ film.” 


Caspar Nadaud, who will attend EFM 2020, added: “We are delighted to be working on another of Shani’s projects. She has a remarkable track record of producing riveting and commercially successful documentaries, and working with Shani allows us to collaborate closely on international theatrical releases combining our in-built market by market knowledge with her keen insight and non-fiction expertise. 


“With the 2020 European Championship scheduled this summer, this extraordinary David and Goliath feel good story couldn’t be more timely.” 


Established in 2017 by Caspar Nadaud and Pierre Riee, Piece of Magic Entertainment’s slate includes Todd Douglas Miller’s award-winning box-office hit Apollo 11, the feature doc David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, award-winning director Lauren Greenfield’s Imelda Marcos: The Kingmaker and André Rieu: 70 Years Young which exceeded £2m at the UK box office.