“The 33” Inspires Movie Fans around the World

Movie festival audiences everywhere are taken with the true story of the unforgettable Chilean mine rescue on its fifth anniversary

BURBANK, Calif.--()--On the heels of its outstanding opening in Latin America, Alcon Entertainment’s drama “The 33” has been selected to screen for movie fans at film festivals from Korea to Brazil and across the United States. Audiences everywhere have been taken with the film, which tells the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded above and below ground surrounding the terrifying mine collapse and the desperate international efforts to reach the trapped men.

On October 13, 2010, the world held its collective breath as the global media broadcast the miraculous rescue of 33 Chilean miners that had been trapped 200 stories below ground for 69 days following the disastrous collapse of a copper-gold mine in Copiapo, Chile. Spurred on by the support and faith of the miners’ families encamped outside the mine, the Chilean miners’ rescue is one of the most moving real-life events of modern times. Made with the cooperation of the real-life miners, their families and their rescuers, “The 33” opens nationwide on November 13, 2015, exactly one month after the five-year anniversary of the rescue.

In a joint statement, Alcon Entertainment co-founders and CEOs, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, said, “It has been incredibly rewarding working to bring such an inspiring film to audiences everywhere. People around the world were invested in the survival of the 33 trapped miners, and to be able to honor their courageous story in a film is a privilege. The dedication and passion of director Patricia Riggen and her immensely talented cast can be seen in every frame. Everyone involved did an excellent job of telling this incredible true story and we are excited to be a part of it.”

Producer Mike Medavoy noted, “I am so proud of this film and feel a deep, personal connection to the story having spent many of my young, formative years in Chile. ‘The 33’ is not only a tribute to the courage of the miners but of the spirit and faith of their families, without whose strength and determination there may never have been a miraculous rescue at all. It could not have been in better hands than those of Patricia Riggen—one of a very few female Latin American directors today—and she and her cast truly captured the emotional core of the story.”

The festival screenings kicked off halfway around the world in Korea, where “The 33” was presented at the Busan International Film Festival on October 5th. The film was then shown at the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil on October 10th. Internationally, “The 33” will also screen at Poland’s Camerimage International Film Festival in November.

In the United States, “The 33” will be shown at the following film festivals:

  • The Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis on October 23rd
  • The Chicago International Film Festival on October 24th
  • The GEMS/Miami International Film Festival on October 25th
  • The Philadelphia Film Festival on October 26th
  • The Twin Cities Film Fest in Minneapolis on October 31st
  • The Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on November 3rd
  • The St. Louis International Film Festival on November 7th
  • The Kansas International Film Festival in Kansas City on November 8th.
  • The Napa Valley Film Festival on November 10th.

The film’s award-winning director, Patricia Riggen, will be in attendance at many of the U.S. events to present “The 33” to the festival attendees.

In addition, on October 27th, the Chilean Ambassador to the United States will attend a special VIP screening of the film at the Newseum in Washington D.C., hosted by Alcon and Warner Bros. with key cast and filmmakers in attendance.

Capping the events, on November 9th, “The 33” will have its Hollywood premiere at the American Film Institute. The premiere will be attended by the cast and filmmakers, including Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips and Patricia Riggen, along with industry guests.

The festival screenings of “The 33” surround the five-year anniversary of the rescue of the miners, on October 13th, which was commemorated with special screenings with Chilean Consulates in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Toronto and Chicago, as well as the Chilean Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

About “The 33”:

“The 33” features an international cast 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 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 and Naomi Scott.

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 Oscar nominee José Rivera (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) 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.

Alcon Entertainment presents a Phoenix Pictures production, “The 33.” Opening nationwide on November 13, 2015, the film will be distributed domestically and in select international territories by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language. the33movie.com


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Release Summary

Film festival audiences everywhere are taken with the "The 33," the true story of the unforgettable Chilean mine rescue. Film Festivals screenings will culminate with the premiere at AFI.


Warner Bros. Pictures Publicity
Paulette Osorio, 818-954-2708