CHE at Cannes 2008

CHE the Golden Palm nominee at Cannes 2008

that won Del Toro the Best Actor Award

UTV Network’s World Movies, India’s only international movie channel, has announced the acquisition of ‘CHE’ – a Cannes nominee for Golden Palm 2008 directed by Steven Soderbergh. This four-hour-plus epic about Latin American revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara stars Benicio Del Toro in the title role, for which he won the Best Actor prize at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival in May this year.

‘CHE’ is the first full cinematic rendition of the life of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader who has been and continues to be an inspiration for millions of people around the world. His stylized image is an ubiquitous counter cultural symbol.

The movie is divided into two parts:

The Argentine – In 1956, Che (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.The film tracks Che’s rise in the Cuban revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero.

Guerrilla – This is the story of Che’s Bolivian camp post the Cuban revolution and includes his journey to New York City in 1964 to address the United Nations.

CHE’s Oscar and Cannes winning director Steven Soderbergh boasts of 22 awards and 40 nominations for highly popular movies like Traffic; Erin Brockovich; Sex, Lies, and Videotape; Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13. Soderbergh also directed Del Toro to a best supporting actor Oscar for 2000’s “Traffic”. Del Toro has another 28 wins & 15 nominations for various performances.

Dilshad Master, COO, UTV Entertainment Television Limited, says, “It is the 80th anniversary of Che Guevara’s birth and also the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. It is the perfect movie to bring to our viewers and deliver on our promise of showcasing the latest blockbusters from around the world. CHE by Steven Soderbergh is a breakthrough movie which has made it big at Cannes this year and clearly belongs on the World Movies platform. We will soon bring CHE to our viewers in India both theatrically and on World Movies.”

Thanks Vasanth Kadekar for sending the link-MC

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