It is the most expensive movie of the Spanish cinema, with 24 million Euros of budget and of that 450 copies will be distributed.
The director Agustín Díaz Yanes and the actor Viggo Mortensen coincided today in indicating that the movie 'Alatriste', which comes this Friday to the billboards with the halo of the most expensive Spanish movie of all the times, can open a " new stage " in the Spanish cinema.
In 'Alatriste', 24 million Euros have been invested and 450 copies will be distributed. The director of the film and producer of 'Sin noticias de Dios' [' Without God's news'], has affirmed in press conference in Barcelona that " it will not be possible value the importance of this economic adventure for the Spanish cinema up to in a few months ".
" Let's hope that, if it obtains good results, the movie serves in order that there are more full-lenght films in the future with big resources ", has affirmed Díaz Yanes, who has added that in Spain, " a nation of rich ", does to itself " cinema of poor ", a tactics " that does not allow to fight not abroad not among the Spanish spectators ". On this topic the protagonist of the history, Viggo Mortensen, has affirmed that " it tries of doing good movies, but not for approximation to the American style ".
The movie summarizes 30 years of the life of the captain Diego Alatriste (Mortensen), soldier who fights in a war in the cold lands of Flanders. In an ambush of the Dutches, Balboa, friend and companion of weapon, falls down injured of death. Alatriste promises to fulfill his last request, to take care of his son Iñigo and to remove it from the soldier's office in a Spanish corrupt Empire and in full decadence.
Viggo Mortensen has made clear that certain parallelism exists between the arrogance and darkness of the Spanish empire of the XVIIth century and the current one of USA, in spite of that Díaz Yanes has aimed that " the corruption of the epoch might not be given in a Government that has Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of president ".
'Alatriste' relies on a luxurious cast in which Ariadna Gil stands out, in Maria de Castro role, lover of Alatriste; Elena Anaya, as the wicked Angélica de Alquézar; Unax Ugalde, as Iñigo Balboa adopted of the captain; Eduardo Noriega, as his protector, the duke of Guadalmedina; Juan Echanove, as Quevedo; Eduard Fernandez like Copons, the inseparable companion of adventures of the protagonist; Blanca Portillo in the role of the inquisidor Bocanegra; and Javier Cámara like the Count Duke of Olivares.
The Spanish actors who take part in the movie affirmed that has been " a great pleasure " to take part in this great production, which has been a "challenge" both for the interpreters and for the director. Eduard Fernandez assured that " the money allows to have the best professionals ", whereas Ariadna Gil supported that when " you have the perfect conditions, only there are advantages ".
To the premiere of tomorrow in the cinema Palacio de la Musica of Madrid is foreseen that comes the Spanish Premier as well as a ministers' wide representation of his Government, as Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba (home office minister), Carmen Calvo (minister of Culture) or Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar (minister of Justice). Also there will be present the mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón.
THE SECOND PART (THE SEQUEL?) AND THE CAREER OF THE OSCAR
Though the movie summarizes the books of Arturo Perez Reverte, Díaz Yanes proved to be cautious before the possibility of the second part. The director is partial to that pass approximately six or seven years and if still " there is hunger in the style of since like it happened with ' The godfather ' " to make a sequel " directed for my or for other one ". Besides, he added that everything " will depend on Perez-Reverte".
The team of the production 'Alatriste', in full tour along the Spanish geography, the first country where the movie has the premiere, will fight for the international distribution of the movie and it will travel to promote this tape, which relies on Mortensen as international claim, up to the festivals of Toronto and Rome, as well as to The United States.
Next month it will be publicized the five movies candidates to representing Spain in the Oscars of Hollywood, and " they will be the academicians who decide the one who goes to Los Angeles ", Agustín Díaz Yanes has indicated, " though it must be clear that we would like ", has added notes.