• The story of Chile’s ‘33’ miners hits PH cinemas

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    The film portrays retrieval and rescue of all 33 miners after being buried alive 700 meters below the earth’s surface for 69 days

    The film portrays retrieval and rescue of all 33 miners after being buried alive 700 meters below the earth’s surface for 69 days

    Based on the gripping real-life survival story that captivated the world’s attention, The 33 follows the never-before-told personal journeys and miraculous events surrounding the collapse of the Chilean gold and copper mine in 2010.

    It also portrays the retrieval and rescue of all 33 miners after being buried alive 700 meters below the earth’s surface for 69 days under a megaton boulder twice the size of the Empire State Building.

    Filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers, The 33 is about the courage of those who did not give up—above and below the surface of the earth—during their ordeal, ultimately emerging as heroes.

    More than a billion people around the world sat transfixed in front of their televisions as the now famous 33 Chilean miners were finally transported to freedom after 69 days trapped in the darkness thousands of feet beneath the unforgiving surface of the Atacama Desert—a world record for the longest underground survival.

    As the world watched, Chilean president Sebastian Piñera declared that the miners would not be abandoned. Engineers worked for days and nights on end to drill their way to the miners. Finally, the world was captivated as the miners were miraculously drawn, one-by-one, from the ground in an unprecedented televised rescue.

    The 33 evokes the grand tradition of films depicting men trapped and isolated—pushed to their physical and mental limits by environmental forces beyond their control. Recent examples of the genre include such films such as Gravity, Apollo 13 and 127 Hours.

    Antonio Banderas stars in the film

    Antonio Banderas stars in the film

    The award-winning multinational cast features Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro), Rodrigo Santoro (300), Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Mario Casas (Fuga de Cerebros), Jacob Vargas (TV’s Sons of Anarchy), Juan Pablo Raba (TV’s Narcos), Oscar Nuñez (The Proposal), Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre), Marco Treviño (Bad Habits), Adriana Barraza (Babel), Kate Del Castillo (The Book of Life), Cote de Pablo (TV’s NCIS), Elizabeth De Razzo (Eastbound & Down), Naomi Scott (The Martian), Gustavo Angarita (Tiempo de Morir), Alejandro Goic (No) with Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption) and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects).

    The movie’s screenplay is adapted from Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Pulitzer prize winning journalist Héctor Tobar, who was the collective choice of the 33 miners to write their story.

    From Pioneer Films, The 33 opens today in nationwide cinemas.

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