While he’s in jail: the documentary about Boris Becker premieres

While he’s in jail
Documentary about Boris Becker celebrates its premiere

The coincidence of these two events is strange: while Boris Becker has to get used to life in prison, a new documentary about him will premiere in Cannes in a few days. For about three years he was accompanied by Oscar winner Alex Gibney.

Boris Becker has been in jail for around a week and a half after his conviction for delaying bankruptcy. Almost two and a half more years could still lie ahead of him. While the German tennis legend has to get used to everyday life in prison, a new documentary about the 54-year-old will premiere in Cannes next week. This is reported by the US industry magazine “Deadline”. According to this, Becker was accompanied by a film team for three years before entering prison.

The strip was created under the leadership of the British production company Lorton Entertainment, which is also responsible for the documentary “Rooney” about footballer Wayne Rooney. It was directed by Alex Gibney, who won the 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary for Taxi to Hell.

Gibney accompanied Becker for three years, even until the court decision at the end of last month. The project, which is nearing completion, will include a series of personal interviews with the tennis star, members of his family and stars from the world of tennis such as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

“Poignant Portrait”

“This film about Boris Becker tells an extraordinary story,” Gibney said in a statement. He offers an open insider’s view of the world of professional tennis and is also “a moving portrait” of the three-time Wimbledon winner. Aside from his unique accomplishments in tennis, both on the court and as a successful coach, Becker’s personal relationships and financial commitments have become the stuff of gossip and untruths, adds producer John Battsek. “Boris was incredibly brave in revealing everything to us. Alex and I share a great responsibility in the making of this film.”

A London court had sentenced Becker to 30 months in prison at the end of April, which was carried out immediately. The judge and the jury considered it proven that he deliberately concealed funds and possessions in his bankruptcy proceedings in order to protect them from the bankruptcy trustee’s access. Becker is serving his sentence at Wandsworth Prison in London. He and his team can still appeal the guilty verdict and the sentence.

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