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Icarus  2017

Directed by Bryan Fogel
Executive Produced by Maiken Baird
Produced by Dan Cogan
Distributed by Netflix

World Premiere  Sundance Film Festival 2017

The Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary in 2017 finds filmmaker Bryan Fogel on a quest to uncover the truth about doping in sports, only to stumble upon one of the most explosive scandals in its history. A chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment in performance enhancement into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic gold. The stakes are high in this international game of cat and mouse as filmmaker and subject forge a very unique bond under the spectre of imminent danger.

IndieWire “Netflix buys Russian Doping Doc ‘Icarus’ for 5 Million”

Academy Awards
Winner, Best Documentary Feature

Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Prize

BAFTA Awards
Nominee, Best Documentary

Edward R. Murrow Awards
Winner, Best TV News Documentary

Hamptons International Film Festival 
Winner, SummerDocs Audience Award

Primetime Emmy Awards
Nominee, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary Nonfiction Program; Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program; Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Directors’ Guild Award
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Winner, Best Sports Documentary

“If you want insight into cheating in sports and the complicated reasons why it happens over and over, Icarus will open your eyes as never before. It is essential viewing for anyone interested in athletics or competitive sports of any type.”
The Globe and Mail

“The pleasure here is in learning the behind-the-scenes stories pertaining to a world customarily fronted only by athletes who, in this telling, are reduced to mere pawns in an international chess game dominated by politics, power, prestige and big bucks.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Never has the story been told with the urgency of Bryan Fogel’s new doc, Icarus, a real-life absurdist thriller, in its electric coverage of one Russian scandal.”
Village Voice

“As he is taken for the ride of his life, Fogel’s... project [has] its camera aimed squarely at an international scandal.”

“A coup for a first-time documentarian.”
The Atlantic