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, provisionsâ€”and timeâ€”were quickly running out.
A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earthâ€™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 survivalâ€”and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuersâ€”â€œThe 33â€ 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 (â€œThe English Patientâ€), 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 NuÃ±ez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco TreviÃ±o, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo, Naomi Scott, Gustavo Angarita, and Alejandro Goic.
Patricia Riggen directed â€œThe 33â€ from a screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Oscar nominee Craig Borten (â€œDallas Buyers Clubâ€) 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 (â€œBlack Swanâ€), Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez, Alan Zhang and JosÃ© 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 (â€œLes MisÃ©rablesâ€). The Academy Award-winning team of Alex Henning and Ben Grossman (â€œHugoâ€) supervised the visual effects. The score was composed by Oscar winner James Horner (â€œTitanicâ€).
â€œThe 33â€ was filmed on location in Chileâ€™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, â€œThe 33â€ is slated to open on November 13, 2015 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.