Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
“Eddie the Eagle impressed our jury with its quirky, unexpected and heartwarming story,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Strong performances and an especially unique aesthetic for an offbeat sports movie make the film a perfect fit for the Truly Moving Picture Award.”
Truly Moving Picture Award winner Eddie the Eagle opens in theaters nationwide Friday, February 26, 2016.