About “The 33”
The 33 miners for which the film is named were 200 stories beneath ground level. Their only exit blocked by a boulder twice the mass of the empire state building. The miners mobilized in ways that would stun and magnetize viewers globally. The story of the explosion serves as a backdrop to introduce the based on real life 33 miners. They were sent by a mining company to collect gold and copper in a mine they had been forewarned fatally unstable.
What do you do when faced with the decision to trust your instincts and throw your family into financial jeopardy or lead a team with which you’ve worked for years into a place while dangerous had become a daily happenstance?
The decision, however, unclear in its repercussions like many decision had a timeline one that would elapse and serve as a precursor to one of the most publicized mining disasters in recent history.
The stories of the miners both collectively and individually centers on decision-making. Faced with hard choices where not to act is an act in itself, each miner would play a role in deciding not only their fate but also the collective fate of the thirty-three and indirectly the fate of Chile’s political regime.
Directed by Patricia Riggen, the international cast consists of Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The principal cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo, Naomi Scott, Gustavo Angarita, and Alejandro Goic.