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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.
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.
- Alberto Arvelo
- Alberto Arvelo was born in Caracas.
His films include La canción de
la montaña (86), Una casa con
vista al mar (01), Habana, Havana
(04), Cyrano Fernández (07), and