2013 ‧ Drama/Historical film
Celebrated Venezuelan leader Simon Bolivar embarks on several military crusades and fights more than 100 battles to liberate Latin America from the Spanish rule.
Eighteen-century Venezuelan aristocrat Simón Bolívar (Edgar Ramírez) fights to free his country and other South American territories from Spanish rule.
Rating:R (Sexuality/Nudity|War Violence|Some Grisly Images)
Genre: Drama, Biography, History
Director: Alberto Arvelo Mendoza
Producer: Alberto Arvelo Mendoza, Jose Luis Escolar, Winfried Hammacher, Ana Loehnert
Writer: Timothy J. Sexton
Release Date (Theaters): Oct 3, 2014 Limited
Runtime: 1h 59m
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Edgar Ramírez (Simon Bolivar)
María Valverde (Maria Theresa Bolivar)
Erich Wildpret (Antonio Jose de Sucre)
Iwan Rheon (Daniel O’Leary)
Juana Acosta (Manuela Sáenz)
What is the movie the liberator about?
Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered — it liberated.
The budget for “Libertador” reached 50 million dollars, making the film one of the largest Latin American cinematographic blockbusters and at the level of Hollywood. The Venezuelan government did not contribute money – “a film like this had to be financed seriously, with private capital”, says the actor – and did not interfere with the script, unlike the film “Bolívar, the man of difficulties”, by Luis Alberto Lamata (2013).
In Venezuela, the team shot scenes in Caracas, Acarigua and the beaches of Choroní between March and June 2012, while the others were shot in Segovia, Carmona and Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain, and in Germany.
Story of the movie:
THE LIBERATOR movie begins when Bolívar (Edgar Ramírez) meets Prince Fernando (Andrés Gertrúdix) at the royal court in Spain. Here he meets his future wife, the Spanish aristocrat, María Teresa del Toro (María Valverde) who surrenders at Bolívar’s feet and decides to leave everything behind to start life with him in colonial Venezuela. This passionate love story ends with the death of María Teresa due to yellow fever, which she contracted about six months after her arrival in Venezuela. Heartbroken, Bolívar returns to Paris, where he lives a life of excess until he meets exiled revolutionary Simón Rodríguez (Francisco Denis), his former tutor and influential mentor, who convinces him to join the revolution in his home country. source. With a renewed sense of purpose and at considerable personal expense,
He helps finance an army under the command of legendary Venezuelan exile and military commander General Francisco de Miranda (Manuel Porto). Early military successes are followed by defeats, and Miranda’s willingness to negotiate an armistice with the Spanish is perceived by Bolívar as a betrayal, prompting him to turn against Miranda.
Bolívar himself is stripped of much of his wealth and is exiled to Colombia. However, his dream of independence does not diminish and from Colombia Bolívar continues to Jamaica and South America, achieving triumphs and denotes. Supported by money coming from England (personified on the screen by the famous British banker Martin Torkington played by Danny Huston) and the arrival of British mercenaries inspired by his vision of a free South America, Bolívar’s fortunes will begin to change.
But it is not until he succeeds in uniting people of different races and walks of life into a truly integrated army that he manages to gain ground, steadily increasing his following and his military victories. Alarmed, King Ferdinand sends the Spanish Armada, the largest ever sent to the colonies, to crush Bolívar’s forces.
In a daring move to take the vastly superior Spanish troops by surprise, Bolívar’s army recklessly crosses the Andes in winter, an almost impossible task of gigantic proportions and horrific suffering. Coming down from the mountains, their armies, however, offer a decisive defeat to the Spanish in the famous Battle of Boyacá (Colombia) in 1819. This defeat sets in motion the withdrawal of the Spanish from Colombia and also from Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Hailed as THE LIBERTADOR , Bolívar is appointed president of the newly created Gran Colombia, a union of five former Spanish colonies, in 1819. Despite his victory, his idealistic vision of a united South America has not been fulfilled due to divergent political visions of his former allies. After surviving an assassination attempt in 1828, and outmaneuvered by his political enemies in Congress, Bolívar finally resigned from office two years later. Under strange circumstances, on December 1, 1830, on his way to regroup with his supporters, Bolívar embarks on a ship, which never reaches its destination, thus meeting a mysterious death.
Bolívar, born in Caracas in 1783 and died in Santa Marta (Colombia) in 1830, is the greatest hero of Venezuela. In addition to his country, he freed Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru from Spanish rule.