ICON Film Distribution

ICON Film Distribution

April 23, 2008 05:00 ET

ICON Film Distribution Announce August 1 Release Date For Man on Wire

WINNER OF THE JURY PRIZE & AUDIENCE AWARD SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 'The sheer insanity of the idea is what makes this terrific film so gripping....Truly extraordinary' THE TIMES

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York's twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After an hour dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested and thrown into an underground prison. Until that moment no one but Petit and his team of accomplices, who had spent months planning their illegal 'coup' (as they referred to it amongst themselves) knew anything about it.

Born out of a dream and an idea, Petit and his team of accomplices spent eight months planning the execution of their 'coup' in the most intricate detail. Like a team of professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC's security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night - all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself...

Directed by James Marsh (The King, Wisconsin Death Trip), Man on Wire brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of all the co-conspirators who created the single, beautiful spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century".

MAN ON WIRE will have its UK Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival this summer. It will then open in cinemas across the country on 1st August 2008

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