The 33

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Patricia Riggen

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 120min
Production Year: 2015
Category: FILM

An international rescue effort to save 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,300 ft underground for 69 days in the Copiapó mine riveted over a billion people in 2010, and now a superb international film adaptation recreates the details of that unprecedented event.  Despite what you think you may remember about that extraordinary story, Patricia Riggen’s thrilling film version re-enacts those events as a heart-pounding thriller, while humanizing the subjects behind the media sensation with the trembling emotion of the very human drive to live, and heal.

With economic set-up and a truly scary recreation of the epic accident, Riggen plunges us deep into the heart of the mountain. An extraordinary cast of international stars brings their real-life counterparts a super immediacy. Below ground, there is “Super-Mario” Sepúlveda (a passionate Antonio Banderas), the charismatic but controversial spokesperson for the miners; above ground, standouts include Juliette Binoche as the broken-hearted sister of one of the miners and Rodrigo Santoro as Laurence Golborne, the Chilean government’s Minister of Public Works.

The real story of the 33 could have gone in so many different directions, and there were heroes both likely and unlikely whose contributions made up the greater triumph. Riggen’s film does the near-impossible; it gives life to the fear and dread, and the triumph, as if it were happening completely anew. – Jaie Laplante


This film is available for purchase for $25 for film only, in THEATER #2


$85 to watch the film in THEATER #1 with talent in attendance, as a package with the Closing Night Gala Party at Ball & Chain.


Sunday October 25th @ 6:00pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 2) Add to Schedule

Sunday October 25th @ 6:00pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 1) Add to Schedule


Director: Patricia Riggen
Producer: Mike Medavoy, Robert Katz, Edward McGurn
Screenwriter: Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, Michael Thomas

Music: James Horner
Cinematographer: Checco Varese
Editor: Michael Tronick

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Gabriel Byrne, Adriana Barraza, Kate del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton

Patricia Riggen

Patricia Riggen is from Guadalajara, Mexico. She was the first female director to open Miami International Film Festival, with her debut feature Under The Same Moon at the 2008 Festival. She also directed the feature Girl in Progress (2012).