Vision Films and self-distribution platform Vimeo have partnered to release soccer docu Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet just in time to capitalize on World Cup mania. The film, narrated by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, tracks the famed Portuguese soccer icon and Laureus Award nominee from his humble beginnings to his run as Real Madrid’s star player and captain of Portugal’s national team, now competing in his third World Cup. That gives viewers worldwide a few days to study up on Ronaldo through Vimeo On Demand’s now-available digital release before he and his team face off against the U.S. squad on Sunday.
In a deal that highlights the immediate pay-off to filmmakers that Vimeo’s self-distribution offers, the film which was finished last week is already streaming worldwide for a $14.99 purchase or $4.99 rental. It’s been translated into Portuguese, French, Spanish, and German. Tara Pirina directed the film, snagging appearances and interviews with David Beckham, Pele, former Man U manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Gary Linekar, Sir Bobby Charlton, and Ronaldo himself. Tony Taglienti of Stax Entertainment produced the docu alongside director Pirina for Future Sight Entertainment.
“This truly unique look into the life of an iconic footballer and the icons which were influential to his success was just completed last week,” said Lise Romanoff, Vision Films’ Managing Director and CEO of Worldwide Distribution. “Vimeo On Demand is that rare VOD Platform that provides Distributors with the control, support and tools to release this film directly to the consumer in a record amount of time.” Romanoff negotiated the deal with Vimeo’s Vice President of Content Acquisitions & Business Development, Sam Toles.
Here’s a look at Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet: