Chilean miners movie ready to screen at Berlin fest

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A movie about the Chilean miners whose epic rescue won them fans around the world will start screening for potential buyers at the Berlin film festival Friday, Variety magazine reported.

The film industry trade paper said "Atacama's 33" was ready for its world premiere less than four months after the 33 men were lifted from the ground following their near-fatal accident.

"69 days, 2,300 feet (700 metres) underground, one billion people watching," reads the tag line for the movie poster emblazoned with the sooty faces of the men in helmets, their head lamps illuminated, which Variety ran on its cover.

"The story of how 33 miners bravely survived as one nation rose to the challenge."

The 87-minute film is being marketed by an Argentina-based firm called America Video Films, which holds the rights to the blitz production.

Fellow trade journal The Hollywood Reporter had said that the filming started five days after the men's dramatic rescue.

The Berlin film festival, running until February 20, features a sprawling European Film Market where movie rights are bought and sold.

© 2011 AFP

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