U.S. director Gabe Polsky, left, and former Captain of the Russian Red Army hockey team Slava Fetisov during a photocall for their documentary film "Red Army" at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16. (AFP / Alberto Pizzoli)
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Former Soviet hockey star Viacheslav "Slava" Fetisov's journey from national hero to political enemy is told in a documentary screening at Cannes, one featuring a first-hand account of the famed Red Army team captain's fall from grace.Molded into a winning machine by a disciplinarian coach, the Red Army national hockey side won the World Championships five times out of six years between 1978 and 1983 .As the old Soviet system began to crumble, the country's demise was mirrored in a loss of team form, resulting in the state turning on some of its former stars.Hockey for the Soviet Union was not just sport.Polsky says his parents rarely spoke about the past and so all he knew about Soviet hockey was the country's "storied" loss to the U.S. at the 1980 Olympic games. At 13, the young Polsky joined a new team that hired a Soviet coach.
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