Red Arrow International’s World Cup Special, “Mata Mata”, has been acquired by Netflix for streaming in all Latin American territories where Netflix is available, including Brazil. The world’s leading SVOD network premiered the 1 x 90’ documentary feature, Friday, May 16.
“Mata Mata” (literally “kill-kill”) is the Brazilian term for a “knockout match” – a win-or-go-home battle, as well as a metaphor for life. With unique behind-the-scene access, “Mata Mata” follows Brazilian football talents Danilo, Thiago and Dante for 3 years as they fight to fulfil their dreams of sporting stardom.
“‘Mata Mata’ comes to Netflix at a perfect time with the start of the World Cup, and sets a great tone going into this global sporting event,” says Jessica Rodriguez, Vice President of Content at Netflix. “This amazing documentary showcases young talent putting everything on the line to have a chance at success and athletic glory. In their boldness and perseverance, all the featured players have inspiring stories that deserve to be told and shared.”
Zasha Robles, Red Arrow International’s Distribution Partner in Latin America says “Football is more than just a game – it’s a huge global business. ‘Mata Mata’ is an outstanding documentary feature, providing audiences with a fascinating and intimate look behind the scenes as young stars fight to achieve their dreams. With everyone’s eyes on football in Brazil this coming June, this is the perfect complement to the World Cup and we’re delighted to be partnering with Netflix Latin America.”
About “Mata Mata”
Produced by F24 Film for Germany’s SWR/ARD, “Mata Mata” provides an intimate portrait of rising football talents and the cut-throat world of football business.
Telling stories about fame and defeat, about the true lives of sons, families and their agents, “Mata Mata” features Brazilian football players facing key moments in their careers: 17-year-old Danilo, flooded by offers from top European clubs; Bayer Leverkusen’s 18-year-old central defender Carlinhos, and FC Bayern Munich defender Dante, who still dreams of being called to the Brazilian National Team for the World Cup 2014 at the age of 30. Crucial changes in fate shape these gripping stories of failure and success.