Spartiates

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    Spartiates

    Directed by

    Switzerland, France

    2014

    80 min

    • French

    Documentary

    Yvan Sorel is a fighter. The young man runs a tight ship at his mixed martial arts school, “Team Sorel,” in suburban Marseille. As he shares his passion for a sport still struggling to gain a foothold in Europe, Yvan is a role model for many at-risk young people. A strict task master, he successfully improvises the roles of mentor, philosopher and guidance counsellor. He spends his days chasing down funding for a new space, in between training sessions that can vary dramatically depending on his mood.

    Awards

    • Robert Drew Verite Award - Palm Springs IFF
    • Soleure Jury Award - Solothurn FF
    • Jury Prize of the Centre de Détention de La Clairière - FIFDH

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Joseph Areddy
    Editing
    Jean-Daniel Schneider
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    AKKA FILMS
    Production
    ALLEGRIA PRODUCTIONS
    Nicolas Wadimoff

    Nicolas Wadimoff

    Canada

    Born in Geneva in 1964, Nicolas Wadimoff was a rock guitarist and co-founder of the association, Etat d'Urgences, he made his first documentary in 1990 after film studies in Montréal. In 1997 he made his first fiction feature, Clandestins. His subsequent films were selected for numerous festivals. OPERATION LIBERTAD is his fifth feature.

    Selected Filmography