By Michael Ireland, Senior Reporter, ASSIST News Service, email@example.com
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS, November 3, 2015) — The Chilean miners whose remarkable true-life story is depicted in the new film THE 33 recently had an audience with Pope Francis, who blessed them and praised them for overcoming the hardship of being buried below the earth for 69 days.
The pope told the men, “Every one of you could come up and tell me what hope means. The Church thanks you 33 for believing in God and having faith in him.”
Now, from Alcon Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures comes the unforgettable true story of “THE 33.”
“THE 33,” starring Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips and Juliet Binoche, is a powerful look at how faith and family fortified the miners through their ordeal.
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.
Several people from Copiapó, Chile, work in the San José mine. The owner ignores the warnings of the failing stability of the mine, which collapses a short time later. The only path inside the mine is completely blocked, and the thirty three miners manage to get to the rescue chamber. They discover that the radio is useless, the medical kit is empty, the ventilation shafts lacked the required ladders, and there was very little stored food. Mario Sepulveda becomes the leader of the miners, dividing the food in rations and stopping the outbursts of violence or despair. The mine does not attempt any rescue, and the relatives of the miners gather around the gates.
The government of Chile takes an active intervention, and orders the use of drills to reach the chamber. The first exploratory boreholes moved off-target, but a later one reached the required destination. The miners attached a note to announce their survival. They received new food, clothing and television communication with the surface, and a second bigger drill prepared a system to retrieve the miners one by one.
Ted Baehr, of MOVIEGUIDE.ORG, said of the movie: “THE 33 focuses on God and the miracle He brings about in an impossible situation.”
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.
A presentation of Alcon Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures, “THE 33” is slated to open on November 13, 2015 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. entertainment company.
Learn more about the movie, in theaters everywhere Nov. 13, and explore resources to share with your church, by visiting www.the33resources.com.
Image One: Poster artwork for THE33 movie
Image two: Rescue workers practice a dry run with one of the capsules that will be used to rescue the trapped miners. (Photo from NASA.gov)
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About the writer: Michael Ireland is a Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as a volunteer Internet Journalist and Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and ASSIST News Service since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Click http://paper.li/Michael_ASSIST/1410485204 to see a daily digest of Michael’s stories for ANS.
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