added: Fri, Nov 9th '12
Since debuting at 2011's Toronto International Film Festival, Brazilian-born actor Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes from the Zack Snyder-directed blockbuster "300") has been earning positive reviews for his fiery performance in the stylized black-and-white soccer drama "Heleno." Now the domestic trailer has been released and it offers a look at Santoro's portrayal of Heleno de Freitas, the 1940s Brazilian soccer star who apparently was known for his hot-headed temper as well as for his head-hitting goals.
Co-writer / director Jose Henrique Fonseca (who appears to have taken a page from Martin Scorsese's beloved boxing biopic "Raging Bull") characterizes Heleno as a pistol-packing, womanizing madman whose brilliant athletic prowess is affected by his self-destructive nature -- cough, Alex Rodriguez anyone? You can catch "Heleno" when it kicks into theaters on December 7th.
Gifted with incredible athletic talent, Brazilian-born Heleno de Freitas conquered the soccer world in the 1940s. As his fame and fortune grew to new heights, his passion for a decadent life of women and nightclubs would threaten his career. Featuring a awards-caliber performance by Rodrigo Santoro (300, What to Expect When You're Expecting), Heleno depicts the thrilling life of the world's first sports superstar.
directed by Jose Henrique Fonseca
starring Rodrigo Santoro, Angie Cepeda, Aline Moraes
release date December 7, 2012