Monday, February 7, 2011

Opus Dei Film

In wonderful news from Spero News, the film on the founder's life will come out this spring.

An excerpt.

"Due out on May 6 is 'There be Dragons,' a fictionalized account of the life of Josemaria Escriva - a Spanish priest who in the cauldron of the political and social upheavals of mid-20th century Spain was to found the Catholic movement known as Opus Dei.

"The film, which some may see as a rejoinder to the sensational 'DaVinci Code,' which sought to demonize Opus Dei, follows the life of young Josemaria and his erstwhile friend Manolo as they choose different paths as Europe rages in the fight between the Communist, Fascist, Anarchist, and Christian perspectives.

"There is lots of action in the film, besides beautiful costuming and cinematography shot on location in Spain and Argentina. Versimilitude is lent also by period music that will be familiar especially to any one who knows about the bloody Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s. An international cast, that includes cameos from Geraldine Chaplin and Derek Jacobi (who starred in 'I,Claudius'), spoke well to this movie buff and others who saw a pre-release cut. One viewer, Devin Donnelly of Michigan, said "I loved it. It is on par with other films directed by Roland Joffe. I can't wait for its release." Joffe is the director of 'Dragons' as he was for one of the best films of the 1980s, 'The Mission,' which starred Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro."