×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Edgar Ramirez toplines ‘Libertador’

Simon Bolivar biopic shoots in Venezuela, Spain

MADRID – Venezuelan thesp Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos,” “Wrath of the Titans”) is toplining “Libertador,” a biopic about 19th century Latin American freedom fighter Simon Bolivar, helmed by Alberto Arvelo (“Cyrano Fernandez”).

Ramirez plays Bolivar in a cast that includes Danny Huston, Gary Lewis, Maria Valverde (“Three Meters Above the Sky”) and Imanol Arias (“Guernica 33 Days”).

One of Latin America’s most ambitious productions, “Libertador” is structured as a Venezuela-Spain co-production, tapping financing from inside and outside both countries plus private sector investment for a budget reportedly north of $50 million.

“Libertador” teams Caracas’ Prods. Insurgentes with Madrid’s San Mateo Films, in association with Los Angeles-based Silver Screen and Berlin’s WMG Films.

Silver Screen’s Ana Loehnert and WMG-owner Winfried Hammacer, exec producer of Eric Bana’s “Deadfall,” produce.

Ramirez exec produces alongside Christer von Lindequist, who is handling worldwide sales.

Timothy Sexton (“Children of Men”) penned the script, which turns on Bolivar’s military campaign to wrestle independence from Spain and unify Latin America.

Film is primarily Spanish language, with some English and French dialogue.

Los Angeles Philharmonic music director, Venezuelan-born Gustavo Dudamel, will compose “Libertador’s” score.

“Bolivar was a true visionary, whose intricate and fascinating life story and legacy had never been brought to screen in the way he deserves,” Loehnert said.

Ramirez will next appear in Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • In ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ Edward Norton Takes

    In ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ Edward Norton Takes on Timeless Power Struggles

    In Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” the ‘50s-set New York noir detective story he produced, directed, wrote and stars in, politics are never far from the surface. But they’re not the obvious parallels to any racist autocrats from New York of modern times, but instead focus on more timeless politics – the way disabled people and [...]

  • 'Joker' Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Wins at

    'Joker' Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Wins at EnergaCamerimage Film Festival

    “Joker” cinematographer Lawrence Sher’s bid, along with director Todd Phillips, to try something “perhaps even a bit artful” won big Saturday in Torun, Poland as he took the top prize at the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival. The Golden Frog for cinematography, along with the audience prize, went to his work filming Joaquin Phoenix in the [...]

  • Roberto Schaefer

    Netflix Image Enhancement Rules Take Cinematographers by Surprise

    A Netflix requirement that cinematographers capture films in HDR, or high dynamic range, has taken many by surprise, filmmakers say, but those at the 27th EnergaCamerimage festival in Poland seem increasingly accepting of the change. DP Roberto Schaefer, whose “Red Sea Diving Resort” screened at the cinematography fest in the historic city of Torun, said [...]

  • Lech Majewski and Josh Hartnett

    Lech Majewski on ‘Valley of the Gods,’ Navaho Mythology, Josh Hartnett, Keir Dullea

    TORUN, Poland – In his latest work, “The Valley of the Gods,” director Lech Majewski explores the ancient mythology of a downtrodden people and the absurd wealth of the world’s richest man in a surreal vision of modern America. The film screened at the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival as part of special showcase honoring Majewski, [...]

  • The Red Sea Diving Resort

    Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer on Gideon Raff's Thriller ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’

    TORUN, Poland – While Gideon Raff’s Netflix thriller “The Red Sea Diving Resort” shot largely in South Africa and Namibia, the project was a welcomed opportunity for cinematographer Roberto Schaefer due to his own memorable travels through Ethiopia. The film, which screened in the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section, is loosely based [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content