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The Liberator

Arvelo’s lush film tells the epic personal story of Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), who played a crucial role in freeing Latin America from the grip of the Spanish Empire. The caddish aristocrat-turned-revolutionary fought more than a hundred battles—never conquering, but “liberating”—that led to the founding of the first union of independent nations in Hispanic America. “Bolívar manages to rile the troops with passionate speeches on freedom, equality, and dignity—themes that resonate today be it in Ferguson, Missouri or Ukraine. . . . The writing here is as refined as it is moving.”—Los Angeles Times. In Spanish, English, and French with English subtitles. This year’s Venezuelan submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Genres: Historical, Biopic