Los Cabos: Lara Sets World War II Drama ‘Red Days’

Conceived as an international co-production, ‘Red Days’ narrates the heroism of Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Oskar Schindler

LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews.

Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a true story, “The Red Days” narrates Bosques’ actions from the point of view of victims of the Spanish Civil War, teen Alberto and his family who flee across the border into France, where they are imprisoned in a concentration camp on the beach.

As they are befriended by a Jewish family, the Rossembergs, Bosques, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s consul in Paris and then Marseilles, sets out to follow the instructions of the government of Mexico to save as many Republican Spaniards as possible, shipping them to Mexico.

But he goes far beyond the call of duty, relocating the Mexican Embassy in two castles, which come to house thousands of Spaniards, and forging visas for not just Spaniards, which claimed Mexican parentage, but also Jews. He also arranges for big ships to offer passage to Mexico. Some 2,000 Jews took up that offer, and 30,000 Spaniards.

“The Red Days” tells the story of the exile of Spaniards and Jews in Mexico. Mexico’s current intellectual, scientific and upper middle-classes, in economic terms, derive in a 70%-80% from this exile,” Lara said.

Lara’s great-grandfather was indeed a Republican army general, imprisoned in a concentration camp in France, who was saved by Bosques.

Budgeted at $12.3 million – huge by Mexican standards – and involving characters from Spain, Mexico, France, Germany and the U.S., “The Red Days” would be structured as a totally international co-production with an international cast and “at least 60%” spoken in English, Lara added, calling “Red Days” “’Schindler’s List’ meets ‘The Pianist.’” “In ‘The Pianist,’ a character battles just to survive a war.’”

More Film

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

  • Jamie Lee Curtis Hugs Fan Who

    Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Sobbing Fan, Who Says 'Halloween' Saved His Life

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies

    Film Review: 'Teen Titans GO! to the Movies'

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

  • Glass trailer

    M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con

    LOS CABOS – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews. Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content