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Chilean miner film 'The 33' to be released in November

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The 33, the Antonio Banderas-starring project about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, has been given a release date. Alcon Entertainment announced Tuesday it acquired the North American distribution rights and will put the film in the theaters November 13 by Warner Bros.

“We don’t acquire many films, but we’re particularly excited to bring this incredible true story of perseverance and the strength of the human spirit to audiences around the world,” Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said in a statement. “Few events of this kind have captured the attention and sympathies of people around the globe as this one did, and the huge emotional ride we all took as the rescuers struggled to free the miners is captured beautifully in this wonderful film.”

The 33 relives the harrowing true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped more than 200 stories underground, enduring 100-degree temperatures beneath a megaton boulder for 69 days following the collapse of the San Jose copper and gold mine. All 33 were successfully rescued.

The film is being directed by Patricia Riggen (Girl in Progress, Under the Same Moon) and also stars Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne, and James Brolin.  The crew filmed in working mines in Chile and Colombia. Producer Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Shutter Island) lived in Chile for 10 years and worked closely with all the significant parties of the accident and subsequent rescue to develop the feature. Robert Katz (Crash, Seabiscuit) and Edward McGurn also produced the movie.