Written and Directed by Roland Joffé
Opened May 6, 2011
A recent addition to the Must Watch List is There Be Dragons. Historical fiction has always been a favorite genre, whether in books or on film. It gives the reader and movie audience a relevant cultural experience that makes a human connection between the past and the present. Moreover, the historical content, however fictional the storyline might be, tends to be more authentic. There Be Dragons looks to be an intriguing, thought-provoking, cultural experience, taking on the subjects of political, ideological battle amid religious examination and mistrust. A must see indeed.
THERE BE DRAGONS is an epic tale of revolutionaries and saints in a time of civil war; a story of love and heroism amid jealousy, hatred and violence; and a heartbreaking drama about the power of forgiveness to break the chains of the past.
THERE BE DRAGONS is written and directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields, City of Joy) and stars Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova), Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne), Emmy Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, The Golden Compass), Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Ever After) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Che).
The film tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (Charlie Cox), the controversial founder of Opus Dei. But, Robert hits a wall, both professionally and personally, when his most promising source—his own father, Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley) turns out to be his least cooperative one. Robert begins to unearth his father’s toxic secrets when he learns that Manolo was not only born in the same Spanish town as Josemaría, but, that they were childhood friends and attended the same seminary. The two men take radically different paths in life, with Josemaría dedicating his life to his faith while Manolo is swept into the brutal and tumultuous Spanish Civil War. Manolo descends into a dangerous and jealous obsession when the beautiful Hungarian revolutionary Ildiko (Olga Kurylenko) doesn’t return his affections and instead gives herself to the courageous military leader, Oriol (Rodrigo Santoro).
As Robert continues to unearth the secrets of Josemaría’s life and Manolo’s mysterious anger, their overlapping journeys are revealed with the truths and sorrows of their past choices, which compels Manolo to confront his own secret with one last opportunity of forgiveness.
Academy Award®-winner Eugenio Zanetti (Restoration, What Dreams May Come) is the art director, Academy Award®-winner Yvonne Blake (What Dreams May Come) is the costume designer, Academy Award®-winner Michele Burke (Quest for Fire, Dracula) is the make-up designer and AcademyAward®-nominee Richard Nord (The Fugitive) is the editor. The director of photography is Gabriel Beristain (Caravaggio) and the film’s producers are Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, Roland Joffé and Ignacio Núñez.