Michael Schumacher’s wife and dad to speak on camera for first time since F1 legend’s ski accident

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MICHAEL Schumacher’s family will speak for the first time since his tragic ski accident – in a new documentary to be unveiled this week at Cannes Film Festival.

In 2013, the Formula 1 legend was skiing in the French alps when he crashed into a rock and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him paralysed and unable to speak.

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Michael Schumacher’s family will open up on camera about the Formula 1 legend’s life, in a new documentary to be previewed this week[/caption]

Since the near-fatal accident, details of his health have been under wraps by his family and friends – but he has reportedly been living at his home in Gland, Switzerland, dependant on a team of doctors and carers.

Now, almost six years after the tragic crash that ended his career, the driving legend’s story will be told in a new documentary called Schumacher.

A trailer for the feature-length documentary will debut at Cannes Film Festival this week.

The film will features interviews with Schumacher’s family and never-before-seen footage of the legend at home with his family, before and after the accident.

Schumacher’s 73-year-old father Rolf will be interviewed by award-winning filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons.

“Michael’s outstanding career deserves to be celebrated 25 years after the first of his seven world titles.”

His family worked closely with the filmmakers to create the documentary.

The film will also feature interviews from his wife Corinna and the couple’s two children Gina, 22, and Mick, 20.

It will also show scenes from Shumacher’s 50th birthday celebrations, which took place this year at the family’s villa in Mallorca where he was flown by private helicopter.

The film is due to be released in German and Swiss cinemas on December 5, but the foreign license rights will be up for grabs at the film festival this week.

This means big streaming services like Amazon and Netflix will potentially bid for the rights to stream the film in the UK.


The family’s publicist, Sabine Kehm, said the film marked a quarter of a century since Schumacher’s legendary world championship victory over British rival, Damon Hill.

Kehm said: “Michael’s outstanding career deserves to be celebrated 25 years after the first of his seven world titles.”

Schumacher was skiing off-piste with his then 14-year-old son and a group of friends in the French resort of Meribel when he crashed in the near-fatal accident.

Doctors said the accident would have killed Schumacher had he not been wearing a helmet.

He was placed in an induced coma for three months, but his health has been kept largely under wraps since.

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The 50-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was skiing off-piste and hit a rock in the French Alps in 2013[/caption]

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The horrific accident left the Formula 1 legend paralysed and unable to speak[/caption]

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Schumacher after he won the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai in 2006[/caption]

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Brother Ralf Schumacher arrives at the Grenoble University Hospital where Schumacher was treated after his injury[/caption]

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Father Rolf Schumacher will be interviewed by award-winning filmmakers in the new documentary[/caption]

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Schumacher’s wife Corinna, who married in 1995, will also be interviewed in the feature-length film[/caption]

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