Rising international star Édgar Ramírez (Carlos) stars in this enthralling epic about Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar and his lifelong quest to bring autonomy and democracy to the Americas.

Special Presentations

The Liberator

Alberto Arvelo

There is arguably no single figure as important to the story of independence and democracy in the Americas as Simón Bolívar (1783-1830). The Venezuelan military and political leader played a critical role in ushering Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and Ecuador toward autonomy in the wake of Spanish domination. History has long cemented Bolívar's status as a visionary, but even during his lifetime he was commonly known by his people as "The Liberator."

Libertador is the title of Alberto Arvelo's enthralling Bolívar biopic, which serves as both an epic of struggle and a cinematic history lesson. Written by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men), the film shows us the moments in Bolívar's childhood that laid the seeds for his determination to defend the rights of indigenous and enslaved peoples. It depicts his marriage to María Teresa Rodríguez del Toro y Alayza and emphasizes the scar her untimely death left on his psyche. It reveals his subsequent descent into despondence and decadence in Europe before he rediscovered his social conscience and returned to South America for a series of arduous military campaigns — elaborately staged here, captured by cameras that sweep across vast landscapes gutted by cannon fire.

Bolívar is vividly embodied by Édgar Ramírez as a fierce, virile warrior with a heart. The Venezuelan actor already proved more than capable of playing a complex historical figure in Olivier Assayas's Carlos, and Libertador confirms his status as a rising international star. That it does so by having Ramírez play his home country's national hero makes this career triumph that much richer.

DIANA SANCHEZ

Screenings

Mon Sep 09

Isabel Bader Theatre

Regular
10:00pm
Tue Sep 10

Scotiabank 10

Industry
4:15pm
Tue Sep 10

Scotiabank 13

Regular
6:15pm
Wed Sep 11

Scotiabank 13

Industry
11:15am
Fri Sep 13

Scotiabank 1

Regular
5:00pm