MYSTERIES OF THE RIMET TROPHY

Directed by Brett Ratner

Starting with a Nazi plan to steal the Rimet Trophy from Italy during World War II, the story unfolds like a great caper film. Our hero, Ottorino Barassi, a mild-mannered Italian soccer official, tries to protect a valued treasure. Preview Video

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About Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy

Film Summary

Inspired by Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, the Jules Rimet trophy was awarded to the nation that won FIFA's World Cup and was among the most coveted prizes in all of sports. It is also the sports prize shrouded in the most intrigue -- with the whereabouts of the original trophy unknown to this day. This film focuses on the great prize's first brush with crime -- a Nazi plan to steal the Rimet trophy from Italy during World War II. The story unfolds like a great caper film, where our hero, Ottorino Barassi, a mild-mannered Italian soccer official, attempts to protect a valued treasure.

Director's Take

As a filmmaker, I am always on the lookout for a great story, and on a personal level I am fascinated by the raw and complex emotion of sports. When I learned about the mysterious past of the FIFA World Cup's Jules Rimet trophy -- an epic caper about a ordinary man striving to protect a valued treasure from Nazi soldiers and fascist thieves -- I was hooked.

When the Nazis showed up at the door of Ottorino Barassi, where the Jules Rimet trophy had been hidden away under a bed for safekeeping, it wasn't just the trophy they wanted. They were trying to reclaim their pride and a bitter defeat at the 1938 World Cup, where they felt their victory was stolen. What ensued was a riveting adventure through an increasingly war-torn Italy, one that reveals the legend, mystery and mythology surrounding the one of the greatest trophies of all sports.

It's a story about nationalism and identity, pursuit and escape, good and evil. It exposes the profound and powerful impact of sports, the implications of pride, and the human emotion tied up in this one very unique trophy.

Brett Ratner

Filmmaker Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers, consistently creating films that resonate with audiences worldwide. After starting his career directing numerous music videos, Ratner made his feature directorial debut at the age of 26 with the box office hit comedy "Money Talks," starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. His second film, the action comedy "Rush Hour" with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, earned $250 million worldwide, and paved the way for the extremely popular "Rush Hour" trilogy, which featured an acclaimed international supporting cast. Since his debut, Ratner has grossed close to $2 billion dollars at the global box office. Following the success of "Rush Hour," Ratner directed "The Family Man," "Red Dragon," "After the Sunset," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Tower Heist." He will next release "Hercules," which Ratner directed and produced, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in summer 2014.

Ratner is also a successful producer and produced the smash hit "Horrible Bosses," the acclaimed and controversial Sundance documentary "Catfish" and the re-told Snow White tale, "Mirror Mirror." Additionally, Ratner produced the acclaimed HBO documentaries "Helmut by June," about the legendary photographer Helmut Newton and "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale," and for PBS the Emmy®-nominated "American Masters: Woody Allen - A Documentary." Ratner also executive-produced the Golden-Globe® nominated television series "Prison Break," which ran for four seasons on Fox.

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