Multi award-winning London-based producers Noah Media Group and acclaimed Paris-based producers Federation Entertainment today announced an English-French co-production for ‘Arsène Wenger: Invincible’, the definitive documentary of a footballing pioneer.
The ex-Arsenal Manager, Wenger will provide unprecedented insight and access, as British filmmaker Gabriel Clarke (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager; Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,) and co-director Christian Jeanpierre, seek to capture the man behind the manager. It will feature key figures from throughout Wenger’s career and interviews with some of the biggest names in world football, as well as from the fabled Gunners’ Invincible side of 2003/4, who to this day remain the only Premier League team to go an entire season unbeaten.
When he arrived in London in 1996 to manage Premier League club Arsenal, ‘Arsène Who?’ was the headline that greeted the Frenchman. His shock appointment brought with it a barrage of scepticism, criticism and even xenophobia from certain sections of the media and supporters. Over the course of the next 22 years ‘Le Professeur’ transformed not just Arsenal but the Premier League, imprinting his name on the history of English football. Wenger became one of Arsenal’s most successful managers, but his vision, values and commitment to his work left a sporting and cultural legacy that would stretch far beyond the pitch.
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Spanning the UK, France & Japan, this feature-length documentary will uncover unseen archive, and showcase original, intimate filming with a man who for years remained an enigmatic figure, even to those who played or worked for him.
Wenger himself will narrate his story – divulging his innermost thoughts and key principles as ‘Invincible’ draws back the veil on the man and what made him.
Arsène Wenger said of today’s announcement: “This documentary highlights a very special period in my life & career. I have total confidence in the team & the production companies. Gabriel & Christian are probably the only directors who could persuade me to do this documentary! I will try to give the best of my memories & my life story!”
NoahX (Noah Media Group’s sales and distribution division) will be coordinating a theatrical and transactional release in the UK in late 2021, as well as international sales, in partnership with Federation Entertainment.