Hollywood’s never ending obsession with biopics continues this summer with Alberto Alvero’s Spanish-Venezuelan historical drama, ‘The Liberator’, the first trailer for which was released this morning courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Following Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar (Edgar Ramirez of “Zero Dark Thirty” and the upcoming “Deliver Us From Evil”), the film will focus on the leader’s numerous military campaigns to unify South America, a campaign that covered more than twice that of the lands conquered by Alexander the Great.
While biopics are becoming a tired, awards-baiting genre, ‘The Liberator’ and its subject matter look to freshen things up, especially since many stateside don’t know much about Bolivar’s brutal, political-changing conquests. The trailer is more or less your standard biopic preview – foreboding tag lines, lush imagery of the respective landscape, rousing speeches – but at least
Xavi Giménez’s gorgeous, golden cinematography pops off the screen and seems to perfectly capture the haunting beauty of the time period.
In addition to Ramirez, who no doubt is trying to breakthrough here after small supporting roles in Hollywood movies, the movie also stars Danny Huston, Iwan Rheon, and Gary Lewis.
‘The Liberator’ will play at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 15th at 7:30pm and June 18th at 1:30pm.