Gifted with incredible athletic talent, Brazilian-born Heleno de Freitas conquered the soccer world in the 1940s. As his fame and fortune grew to new heights, his passion for a decadent life of women and nightclubs threatened his career.
Featuring an Awards-caliber performance by Rodrigo Santoro (300, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Heleno depicts the thrilling life of the world’s first sports superstar.
Heleno Opening Weekend Showtimes
Regal Union Square Stadium 14
850 Broadway, New York, NY
FRIDAY DEC 7 ~ 11:00pm 1:50pm 4:50pm 7:40pm 11:00pm
Rodrigo is doing an in person Q&A after the 7:40 show
REGULAR ~ 11:00am 1:50pm 4:50pm 7:40pm 10:40pm
Buy Tickets at Fandango
Directed by José Henrique Fonseca
Writer Fernando Castets (screenplay)
Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Angie Cepeda and Alinne Moraes
A Screen Media Films release
Opens December 7, 2012 in New York, Los Angeles and Miami
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Heleno de Freitas
FIFA, the world soccer organization, calls Heleno (1920-1959), “Brazil’s first brilliant badboy.” The Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez once wrote about Heleno, “As a football player, Heleno de Freitas could blow hot and cold. But he was more than just a centre-forward. He was a permanent opportunity for others to speak ill of him.”
Heleno played, played and played until it killed him.