IM Global and Canana’s joint sales venture will introduce buyers in Cannes to the Simón Bolívar epic starring Edgar Ramírez, which the parties claim to be the biggest Latin American production yet.
Alberto Arvelo directed from a screenplay by Timothy Sexton. Spain’s María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis also star in the biopic told from the point of view of the Latin American freedom fighter who played a key role in the struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Bolívar lived from 1783 to 1830.
Winfried Hammacher of WMG Films, Ana Loehnert of Silver Screen Inc and Arvelo produced and Ramírez served as executive producers with Maria A Guerrero Rocca.
Libertador (The Liberator) shot in 13 locations between South America and Europe. Sites include rarely seen Venezuelan locations such as Llanos de Acarigua, Parque Nacional de Canaima and Caracas, as well as the Spanish cities of Jerez, Barbate, Zahara, Carmona, Seville, Sierra Nevada, Alcalá de Henares, Chinchón and Madrid.
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“We’re so excited to be selling the biggest film to come out of South America,” said Mundial vp Cristina Garza. “Alberto Arvelo has made a beautiful, epic film and Edgar is riveting as Simón Bolívar. We can’t wait for the international buyers to discover this powerful film.”
“Bolívar was a true visionary, whose intricate and fascinating life story and legacy had never been brought to screen in the way he deserved,” said Loehnert and Hammacher.
“From the start, I knew I didn’t want to make a film just about history, but really concentrate on the man behind the legend, and who he really was as a person,” added Arvelo.