Chilean Miners Movie

Proimágenes Colombia announced Tuesday that “The 33,” a feature film based on the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for weeks following a mine explosion, is the first film to receive the Colombian Film Commission’s cash rebate for film production.

The production, which wrapped filming in February, qualified for the 40%-20% rebate program, which provides a cash rebate or reimbursement to films partially or totally produced in Colombia. The incentive includes 40% for film services (pre-production, production or post-production services, including artistic and technical services) and 20% for film logistics services (hotel, catering and transportation) of the amount spent in the country.

“The support we received on this production was incredible,” producer Robert Katz said. “Working with Proimágenes Colombia and the film commission could not have been easier or more efficient, and the vast array of production resources available to us was a tremendous asset to our movie. The attractive cost of mounting ‘The 33’ in Colombia enhanced by the rebate made Colombia an ideal place to produce the film we intended to make.”

The film, based on the 2010 disaster that trapped a group of miners down in San José, Chile, was directed by Patricia Riggen and stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Cote de Pablo, Juliette Binoche and Lou Diamond Phillips. Producer Mike Medavoy backed the project.

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