Film Part of Signature Documentary Series Produced Exclusively by Hollywood Legend Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media
MADRID – 19 September 2018 – The story behind Argentina’s iconic victory in men’s basketball at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 will be featured in The Golden Generation, the third film in the Olympic Channel’s signature series Five Rings Films. The feature length documentary directed by Juan José Campanella and Camilo Antolini from Argentina will premiere on 22 October on the Olympic Channel at olympicchannel.com and its mobile apps. Additionally, broadcast premiere dates on NBCSN in the United States and Eurosport in Europe will be announced soon.
The Golden Generation spotlights the Argentine Men’s National Team’s historic run to claim gold at the Athens 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament and reunites the country’s homegrown heroes to revisit the moment that captured the nation.
“The history of the golden generation is much more than a triumph of underdogs, which it is.” said Campanella, who directed the film “The Secret in Their Eyes” that won the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. “What really thrills and impacts is the humility, effort and camaraderie of a group of people that keeps growing stronger over time – a team of individual stars who managed to merge into a single spirit, and who years later maintains a friendship and admiration for each other that remains unchanged.”
Following their victory over hosts United States of America at the 2002 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2002, where they became the first team to defeat a U.S. roster comprised entirely of NBA players, Argentina shocked the world by defeating the Americans once again in the 2004 Olympic semi-finals. Argentina would go on to capture gold and its first Olympic medal in basketball after defeating Italy by 15 points in the gold medal game thanks to a stellar performance from San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili and a talented group of athletes who had formed a strong bond after playing together since their teens.
Dubbed “the Golden Generation” by media, this group of athletes experienced multiple successes on the international stage from 2001 to 2016 that would solidify Argentina’s place among the sport’s elite. Eight players from the 2004 gold medal winning team would go on to play in the NBA, and along the way have ignited a new passion and excitement for the sport of basketball in Argentina that continues today.
The documentary features insightful and sometimes emotional interviews with every player on the 2004 gold medal team who relive their experience including Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andrés Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Rubén Wolkowyski, Carlos Delfino, Pepe Sanchez, Alejandro Montecchia, Leo Gutierrez, Gabriel Fernandez, Walter Herrmann, Hugo Sconochini, and coaches Ruben Magnano and Alejandro Casetai. Additional commentary includes former NBA Commissioner David Stern, the Spur’s Gregg Popovich, Olympic medallists Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol, FIBA President Horacio Muratore and journalist Mike Monroe.
Directed by Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Camilo Antolini (ESPN Films 30 for 30 Soccer Stories: White, Blue and White) from Argentina and produced by Hollywood legend Frank Marshall (Jason Bourne, Jurassic World, Indiana Jones) and Mandalay Sports Media (MSM), The Golden Generation features archival footage, interviews from athletes, coaches, influencers and journalists, and remarkable access in Argentina and beyond.
“In the true spirit of the Olympics, the exquisite basketball Argentina showed the world at the 2004 Athens Games changed the international game forever,” said Marshall. “Most people will remember their unprecedented success, but this unique group of players was more than just talented. They were humble, smart and, most of all, fun to watch, so we are thrilled to be able to present the extraordinary story of ‘The Golden Generation.’”
“Argentina’s victory in Athens is one of the most memorable moments in Olympic basketball history and one that left a lasting impression on the country,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “We are honoured to tell the story of ‘The Golden Generation’ and are confident that Argentineans and basketball fans around the world will be inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime team.”
“This team quite simply made history, and the story of their spirit, skill and bond is one we’re incredibly proud to bring to a global audience with J.J., Camilo and the Olympic Channel,” said Jon Weinbach, Executive Vice President of MSM.
Five Rings Films, the Olympic Channel’s signature documentary series, is produced exclusively for the global media platform by Hollywood legend Frank Marshall and MSM. Five Rings Films is a series of incisive and entertaining documentaries directed by some of the biggest names in film from around the world. Previous films include The Nagano Tapes, which tells the inspiring underdog story of the Czech Republic’s stunning gold medal win in men’s ice hockey in 1998, and The People’s Fighter’s, which examines Cuba’s boxing culture highlighting the career of the legendary Teofilo Stevenson.
Marshall, whose producing credits include legendary titles such as the “Jason Bourne,” “Jurassic World” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, and MSM’s Mike Tollin are executive producers. MSM Executive Vice-President Jon Weinbach and Olympic Channel Director of Original Programming Greg Groggel also serve as executive producers.