Here are six new stills from the upcoming movie ‘The 33,’ based on the story of the 33 Chilean miners. New trailer arrives on Wednesday.
“We all know the beginning and we know the end of this story,” Antonio Banderas told USA Today. “What I discovered was another story, one not told. It’s the story we tried to do here. We tried to put a magnifying glass on human behavior that comes out in situations like this, when death is right in front of you.”
Antonio Banderas dropped weight during filming to mirror Sepúlveda’s weight loss during the 17 days trapped in the mines. “When I saw in the mirror that my tummy was very reduced and the bags really growing under my eyes, I thought that I could pull this off,” says Banderas.
The story of the 33 miners was condensed in the movie into 10 major characters onscreen.
“We had to compress all that happened to them in an hour and a half,” director Patricia Riggen told USA Today. “They think it was very fair to what they lived.”
“This movie is about that humanity,” says Riggen. “It shows what human beings can accomplish when we all work together. That’s always very attractive to me as a filmmaker and that’s why this touched everyone. This is an example to the world of how people should react in these circumstances.”
In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.
A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.
Based on the gripping true story of survival—and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers—“The 33” reveals the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon.
The international cast is led by Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The main cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo, Naomi Scott, Gustavo Angarita, and Alejandro Goic.
Patricia Riggen directed “The 33” from a screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Oscar nominee Craig Borten (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Michael Thomas, based on the screen story by Jose Rivera and the book Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar. The film was produced by Oscar nominee Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”), Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez, Alan Zhang and José Luis Escolar served as executive producers.
The behind-the-scene creative team included cinematographer Checco Varese, production designer Marco Niro, editor Michael Tronick and Oscar-nominated costume designer Paco Delgado (“Les Misérables”). The Academy Award-winning team of Alex Henning and Ben Grossman (“Hugo”) supervised the visual effects. The score was composed by Oscar winner James Horner (“Titanic”).
“The 33” was filmed on location in Chile’s harshly remote yet stunningly beautiful Atacama desert just kilometers away from where the event took place, and deep within two mines located in central Colombia.
‘The 33′ opens in U.S. theaters on November 13, 2015.
[Via USA Today]
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