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Mensaje por Mirabella6666 » Vie Mar 02, 2007 1:52 am

Thanks AlatristeFan, for posting that link to the article from Chile regarding Alatriste and Viggo, plus the link to the radio interview with Viggo.

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Vie Mar 02, 2007 4:07 am

You're most welcome Mirabella6666... it's my pleasure....:D

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Mensaje por Rogorn » Sab Mar 03, 2007 4:18 pm

This March 'Alatriste' will be seen in quite a few more countries, with Viggo and Díaz Yanes expected to do some proper promotion. These are the forums of the distributing company in Germany (for those of you who, like our very own Pyogenesis, want to enlighten potential viewers over there),

and here are some dates for March:

2 March - Melbourne, Australia
5 March - Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Miami, USA
8 March - Nationwide release in Portugal
10 March - Melbourne, Australia
17 March - Melbourne, Australia; Los Angeles, USA
23 March - Guadalajara, Mexico
23/24/25 March - Manchester, UK
30 March - Nationwide release in Mexico

Chile and Argentina to follow in April


Viggo Mortensen immersed himself in 17th-century Spain for his new film, writes Philippa Hawker.

VIGGO MORTENSEN is on a movie mission. He's so keen to spread the word about his new film, Alatriste that when he runs out of time and has to catch a plane, he rings back when there is a delay at check-in because there's just so much more he wants to say.

The movie, screening at ACMI's La Mirada Spanish film festival, was made in Spain, and in Spanish - which Mortensen speaks fluently. It is based on a phenomenally successful series of historical novels, and was a big hit in its homeland. Now Mortensen hopes it will find an audience worldwide, although he's more than a little frustrated by its slow progress into overseas markets.

He is passionate about every aspect of Alatriste: not only the film itself, its central character, and the experience of making it, but also about what it has to say of history and culture. This is a sore point for him. Everyone, Mortensen says ruefully, has heard about the Spanish Inquisition - usually via Monty Python or Errol Flynn swashbucklers - but, too often, that's where general knowledge of the Spanish Empire of the 17th century begins and ends. With a cliche.

Even in Spain, he says, the situation is not much better.
Alatriste draws on material from the first five of the Captain Alatriste novels by Arturo Perez-Reverte, two of which have been translated into English. They revolve around the adventures of the title character, a soldier in the first half of the 17th century, who becomes a sword for hire after leaving the army.

There's a swashbuckling element with action, swordplay and combat. And the swordmaster on the film, Bob Anderson, also worked on The Lord of the Rings. But there is also a good deal about character and individual relationships, about art, intrigue and court politics.

"If I had to pick a word that sums up the movie and the characters and their trajectories and dilemmas," says Mortensen, "it's pride. It's true of the country, of the characters, of the complicated relationships. They are beautiful for their pride and they are tragic for their pride."

At the beginning of the movie, Alatriste is entrusted with the care of a dying soldier's young son, and he takes this charge seriously, bringing the boy up as best he can, and also trying to help him appreciate art and literature: he does not want him to have a soldier's fate. Alatriste has a relationship with a beautiful actress - played by Ariadna Gil (the mother in Pan's Labyrinth) who loves him, but is ambitious.

One of Alatriste's good friends is the poet Quevedo, a historical character: a fine performance, says Mortensen, from Juan Echanove. One of the things that was great about the film, he says, is the size of the cast: "Normally I would have had to have made half a dozen films in Spain to work with so many great actors and actresses."

Another cast member is Blanca Portillo, who can be seen as the short-haired neighbour in Pedro Almodovar's Volver. She plays, in an interesting twist, a male character, a member of the Inquisition. There's something ambiguous and intriguing about the performance. There was criticism of the casting in Spain, but Mortensen regards it as another example of the director's willingness to do things differently, to find a less obvious way to depict a character who exercises power behind the scenes.

Mortensen, who has already made two movies in Spain, lived in Argentina until the age of 11. But he had to work hard, he says, to modify his Argentine accent, to make his Spanish appropriate for the time and the character. As part of his research into Alatriste and his origins, he went (after first checking with Perez-Reverte) in search of a location that would help him with authenticity.

"I found an area in the north in the mountains of Leon province, in north-central Spain, where people seemed to be like this character. They're a little cautious, they don't say much, the rhythms are slower, and when you go into one of these towns and you walk into a bar, it feels like you're in a Sergio Leone movie. Everyone shuts up as soon as you come in, and you need to go back several times over a period of days until anyone will really speak to you very much."

And, to deepen his understanding of the period, he read widely, in history, poetry and drama. This is the time, after all, of an extraordinary flowering of Spanish culture. Theatre was universally valued and people in Madrid, no matter how poor, took themselves off to the theatre every day, Mortensen says. The film spans the eras of Lope de Vega and Calderon, Spain's equivalents of Shakespeare.

Mortensen also went in search of art. He visited galleries, going to the Prado and further afield, because he also wanted to look at Flemish and Dutch art of the time. One of the best Flemish and Dutch collections, he says, is in Denmark, so he took himself there as well. The paintings of Velazquez are a touchstone for the design and lighting of the film. Alatriste's director, Agustin Diaz Yanes, was an academic before he became a filmmaker, specialising in history and art of the 17th century.

Research and the opportunity to make discoveries, Mortensen says, is what he appreciates about acting: his work is about "what you make of it after you're lucky enough to get the job".

It's not just the details of performance, it's much more.

"Do you want to focus on mannerisms, or do you want to keep expanding?" Making a film such as Alatriste is "like going to a specialised university and getting paid for it. It was a great education for me."

Mortensen would like to work with Diaz Yanes again. In the meantime, he has just finished a second film with director David Cronenberg, titled Eastern Promises. Cronenberg, he says, is a wonderful director, "and he just gets better and better.

"I think this one will surprise people a little bit. It's an ambitious bit of narrative filmmaking. I've been very lucky, in the last few years, with the directors and actors I've worked with. I hope to get to work with him a third time."

To his delight, he was able to introduce Alatriste's director, Diaz Yanes and Cronenberg, when he and Cronenberg were in Spain to publicise their film A History of Violence. The two directors have a similar dark sense of humour and he knew they would hit it off.

There is one more thing that Mortensen wants to add, right at the end of the conversation. He would like to send his best wishes to a longtime Melbourne resident. His greetings - and his congratulations, for a Spanish Academy Award nomination - go to the head of make-up for Alatriste, Jose Luis Perez, who lives in East Bentleigh, and who worked on The Lord of the Rings. He's glad to know Perez and his family can see the film in their home town. Now he just wants to do whatever he can to help it travel further afield.

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Sab Mar 03, 2007 8:41 pm

Rogorn, many thanks for the links, the updates and that great article you posted...much appreciated that you keep us up to date... :D

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Mié Mar 07, 2007 12:05 am

Thanks to sandrino, here's a youtube videoclip of Viggo introducing Alatriste at the MIFF 2007....
Alatriste Introduction...
Alatriste Introduction

Thanks to willowwing, here's a youtube videoclip of Tano talking about casting the actors and Viggo's Spanish...
Casting Actors...
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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Mié Mar 07, 2007 12:11 am

You can see a videoclip from Red Carpet at the MIFF ...

On the Red Carpet in Miami at the Gusman with Viggo Mortensen, Ariadna Gil, and Agustín Díaz Yanes
© MM2 Editions.

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Mensaje por Rogorn » Mié Mar 07, 2007 12:28 am

AlatristeFan escribió:Thanks to sandrino, here's a youtube videoclip of Viggo introducing Alatriste at the MIFF 2007....
Alatriste Introduction...

Thanks to willowwing, here's a youtube videoclip of Tano talking about casting the actors and Viggo's Spanish...
Casting Actors...
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Mensaje por Rogorn » Jue Mar 08, 2007 7:32 pm

Viggo's doing some presentation work in the USA, then he'll move on to South America. Here's from the Australian Herald Sun ... 02,00.html

VIGGO Mortensen talks Spanish epics and Russian road signs with NEALA JOHNSON

The character you play in the 17th-century war epic Alatriste is pretty much a national hero in Spain. How did the Spaniards react to an outsider taking this role?
-Obviously it was mostly positive, because apart from a couple of American movies, there's no movie that did better last year in Spain. It's a great character -- subtle, kind of tragic and beautiful. I always do my best, but I was especially conscious of that because I'm sure a lot of Spanish actors would have liked to have played it. I mean, people in Spain, if I walk down the street, they're gonna yell out "Alatriste!" not "Aragorn!" It's a big deal to them. So I was aware of the fact that there would be naysayers.

You're working hard behind a film many would see as just foreign or arthouse fare. Is it not getting the attention you believe it deserves?
-It was a shame, I thought, that they weren't Spain's representative for the Oscars. For a movie that did so well, they've done nothing outside yet. Aside from Pedro Almodovar, there isn't really anybody from Spain who's mastered the art of putting a movie out there so it can be seen. A lot of people have said to me, "Well it must not be a very good movie since it hasn't come out". And I said "Well, no, it's just that they haven't found a way to do it yet". It shouldn't be that hard for them, if they do things halfway right, to get the movie seen outside of Spain.

Isn't the point of casting Viggo Mortensen to help sell the film internationally?
-You would think (laughs). I'm waiting to see what happens.

Were people telling you not to do this Spanish film, that there were more important projects?
-In a way. In so many words. People here in the United States anyway. But it was a great story. That's good enough for me.

Aragorn has you typecast as a hero, but Alatriste is rather flawed.
-In the movie, you don't really see him win much at all (laughs), and I like that. It's like, even the best, whether it's a swordsman or a bullfighter or just a person in life, you can have a bad day. You can be very good at your job, but it just might not go your way. That went with the tragic nature of the story, which has everything to do with pride. This is a King who's obtusely determined -- not unlike my President now -- to do whatever he wants to do regardless of how many obvious signs there are it's not the right way to go.

Why does Alatriste keep fighting for this decaying empire? Are soldiers in Iraq asking themselves that same question right now?
-I would bet you that -- like Alatriste and his friends -- the vast majority of Australians and Englishmen and Americans and Canadians serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, are mostly concerned with their friends, with their comrades, their fellow soldiers. There may be a certain amount of national pride, but I would bet you that the main feeling they have is to those serving with them. One -- you said you would do a thing, so you're keeping your word, even if you're not in agreement with the tactics. And two -- your friends are there. I mean, you wouldn't live with yourself if you didn't back them up. That's really what it's about.

Do you have an unconventional approach to acting?
-I'm not sure. Only in the practical, going-to-work things. I like to take care of my own problems, shoulder my responsibilities. I don't have a bevy of people assisting me and filtering what I hear or what I say. I'd rather be overworked and underslept and have a good idea of what's going on. Maybe that's a little unconventional. But there's enough miscommunication in the world and at work for most people anyway. Direct communication and contact with people is the best way to ensure everybody's on the same page.

How many years have you been acting?
-Twenty-something . . . 24. A long time. When I say it, it's like, oh my God! It seems like I just started.

The big 5-0 is coming up for you soon, isn't it?
-Ah, not next year. The end of . . . oh yeah! No, it is next year. The end of this year I'll be 49.

Does 50 carry any kind of weight?
-No. I mean, I guess, ask me that day (laughs). But I don't worry about it that much. I like birthdays because they make me revisit things, like New Year's Day does. I like it quiet for my birthday, I don't like to make a big thing of it. But maybe my 50th I should do something, I dunno.

Has your life, post-Lord of the Rings, settled down?
-For a couple of years after the films had come out, it was a pretty high tempo. But in the past few months it seems like I've been able to walk around unnoticed a little more, which I like. Not that I don't like talking to people, but it's better for just getting on with the day. I'm sure it has to do a lot with the choices I've made -- I haven't done the biggest movies I could find one after another, which was an option after Lord of the Rings. But when you choose to go with your heart rather than career ambition, then your star tends to wane a little bit. If what you want is to be super-famous and stay there, you're gonna lose that. But what you'll gain is some peace of mind, and some perspective on the real world, and just the idea of being another person who's eventually going to die. The more you're in that insulated, glossy, unreal place, you can lose perspective, and I've certainly seen people do that -- unravel. There is a price to be paid.

Can the price be worth it?
-For some people it's worth it. Or some people decide "I'm at a certain age, I'm gonna grab that golden ring. I'll always regret it if I don't live the high life, so I'm gonna do it for a while". Some aspects of that can be interesting, the places you get to see and the access you might have -- someone might be more likely to let you into a museum late or a national forest, whatever you like, if you're a well-known person. But you miss a lot when you're that wrapped up in promoting an image of yourself.

You went to Russia to research for the new David Cronenberg film, Eastern Promises. Were you recognised there?
-Russia is interesting because I don't look that different from a lot of people there. And probably the last thing someone's gonna expect is to see Aragorn riding the subway in Moscow, dressed just like them and minding his business. That was blissful. There was only one boy that recognised me the whole two weeks I was wandering around the country. And that was my last day there. It was just a freak thing. He looked at my eyes, and I think he'd seen Lord of the Rings 500 times, and, even though I didn't have the long hair and the beard, he was sure.

You speak English, Spanish, French and Danish. Don't tell me you speak Russian too.
-(Laughs) I learned enough before going that I could sort of read road signs or metro stops and things like that. Like a little kid, very slowly and awkwardly, but I could do it.

Alatriste screens Saturday 10th, 6.15pm as part of La Mirada: Jewels of Spanish Cinema, at ACMI until Sunday. Ph: 8663 2583. Program online at

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Vie Mar 09, 2007 12:53 am

Found today... Looks like Viggo and Unax will be at the Egyptian Theatre in LA on March 17th to present Alatriste and answer questions .

Recent Spanish Cinema XIII

Presented in collaboration with the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, EGEDEA and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, ICEX and Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles.

This year Spanish Cinema received the international recognition it deserves with the popular success of Guillermo del Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH and Pedro Almodovar’s VOLVER. But there are even more Spanish films out there to amaze you! Join us for the most exciting showcase of new Spanish films in town, including the revelation of this year, winner of the Goya for best new director and new actor, Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s astonishing drama DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK; Agustin Diaz Yanes’s 17th century portrait of a reflective mercenary ALATRISTE starring Viggo Mortensen; CROSSING THE BORDER the beautiful directorial debut of TV actor Carlos Iglesias, Antonio Chavarrías’ neo noir CELIA’S LIVES. Not to forget that from the established filmmakers side, Fernando Colomo delivers one of his most delightful comedies with THE NEAR EAST; David Trueba returns with a wistful portrait of youth in Madrid with WELCOME HOME, and do not miss MY NAME IS JUANI, the latest from Bigas Luna. This selection of films offers performances from Spain’s favorites actors: Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Javier Camara, Carlos Iglesias, Luis Tosar, Juan Echanove; plus newcomers Quim Gutiérrez and Javier Cifrian. Not to forget the presence of international figures such as Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Brühl.

We are thrilled to welcome at the Egyptian Theatre director Vicente Aranda and other guests to be confirmed. (Please checks website for updates)...

Saturday, March 17 - 7:30 PM

Discussion in between the films with actors Unax Ugalde and Viggo Mortensen (ALATRISTE)
and actress Ingrid Rubio (SALVADOR)
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Mensaje por Arma » Vie Mar 09, 2007 9:09 pm

Well, as usual, the Alatriste release date was postponed here in Portugal.

The new one is 25 April 2007.

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Mensaje por Pyogenesis » Mar Mar 13, 2007 4:40 pm

They have done the same thing as well in the German-speaking countries: instead of 19th April, now June (without a fixed date)

according to the official distributor:

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Mensaje por Rogorn » Jue Mar 15, 2007 12:32 pm

Viggo and ADY in Miami:

MIAMI – Even before winning three Oscars this year, Pan’s Labyrinth grossed the highest box office sales for a Spanish language film in U.S. history.

And yet, the movie by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro was just one of several films (Children of Men, Babel, The Science of Sleep) created or carried by Latino talent that contended for the honor.

Then what to make of Spanish director Agustín Díaz Yañez’s Alatriste, a film based on the most popular series of Spanish language novels since Don Quixote whose swashbuckling, Spanish-speaking lead is – Viggo Mortensen?

You read right.

Mortensen (A History of Violence, Lord of the Rings trilogy) plays the rugged, brave and astute Captain Diego Alatriste, a swordsman trying to keep his integrity while hacking his way through the not-so-glorious last days of the Spanish empire. The film debuted regionally at the Miami International Film Festival, a week-long event focused on introducing Latin American and Spanish films to US audiences.

“If Viggo had not accepted the role, I wouldn’t have done the movie,” said Yañez. “The guy is a great tio”.

Mortensen, raised between Denmark and Argentina, is no stanger to acting en español – in 1995 he starred in another Spanish movie, Gimlet, which didn’t make huge waves this side of the Atlantic.

Mortensen’s hush-voiced Alatriste, however, not only had Spanish audiences lining up outside of their theaters last fall but also in Miami before the films first showing on Monday.

“Cheers for all the “cuervos” in the house,” said Mortensen to the crowd, flexing his street cred with an obscure reference to Argentine professional soccer that only a few people got.

“He not only brought fame and publicity but also did a great performance,” Yañez said. “I want to see how the American public reacts to this movie… If I see people going to buy pop-corn in the middle of the movie, I will shoot myself.

The film’s east coast debut in Miami highlights the growing role of the city’s 9-year-old festival. Called the “Spanish Sundance” locally for its commitment to debuting Spanish-language films, it has struggled to garner the international profile of its big brothers in New York and Utah.

“I’m very proud. People always need to put names on things,” said festival director Nicole Guillemet. “I would like Miami to be the showcase for the best Ibero-American films in the U.S.

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Lun Mar 19, 2007 1:49 am

A great review...warning there are some spoilers...

Egyptian Theatre Premiere of Captain Alatriste Glitters, Deserved Goya Best Director Award

by Kriss Perras Running Waters

Captain Alatriste: A flawless performance from Spanish director/writer Agustín Díaz Yanes on every level: cinematography, talent, editing, sound. But, perhaps the incredible original score by Roque Baños reveals the director's accomplished hand in a particular way. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. However, the music perhaps more than the other elements made the entire experience universal because the director carried every beat across cultures through the score.

It is an unfortunate set of circumstances that this film may not receive its day in the various winner's circle amongst its peers. It is unlikely an American actor would take home the top recognition at the Spanish Goya Awards, despite the deserved performance. Viggo Mortensen carried the role of Diego Alatriste y Tenorio to perfection. Right down to small but highly effective ways of expressing an emotion, Mortensen's portrayal of this 17th century Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary is his best work to date topping even his stellar performance in the 2004 release of Hidalgo.

And the same is true in the Best Film category. Even if foreign films were nominated for the mainstream best picture award at the Academy Awards, it is not likely this beautiful series of faultless frames would win because a Spanish film would not take precedence at an American awards ceremony. But above all these, Agustín Díaz Yanes deserves the recognition amongst his peers across all cultures for his work on what so many have referred to as a swashbuckling film but in truth is much deeper than a mere adventure story.

Agustín Díaz Yanes work with young Spanish talent Unax Ugalde and Elena Anaya is just one more point in case that the Goya Best Director Award went to the wrong choice. Anaya's portrayal of Angélica's love for Ugalde's character Íñigo's nearly stole the entire show. Anaya portrayed an incredibly deep set of emotions dictated to by the life of a court lady. The scene where Íñigo smells the sweet in Angélica's hair risking the fury of the court was executed so well one did not need subtitles whatsoever. The passionate love between the characters and Angélica's fight not to resist but having to hide her feelings for Íñigo was powerfully felt. And when Íñigo waits for his love who never arrives, the emotional impact from Ugalde's portrayal of Íñigo's deep dive into loneliness was sweet potent mastery.

Ariadna Gil's vision of María de Castro, Alatriste's love he feels so strongly for that he would kill any man who would touch her if she was his and his alone, was brought to perfection at the syphilis hospital scene. Maria is crushed down to the level of the peasant after having contracted the deadly disease. And Diego, lost without his lover, visits Maria in her lowest of states. But instead of rejecting her in her diseased state, he reaches for her hand. Maria at first connects but pulls back in shame. But rather than discarding her, Diego wraps her in a necklace he bought for Maria with his only money. He then kisses her, accepting her despite her flaws. But Maria is not always loved by the audience. She at times is intensely hated by the viewer for her deep betrayal, albeit forced, of Diego. True love never betrays its object. And once the betrayal was complete, Maria now finds she too truly loves Diego.

But perhaps the most impactful moment among the many is when Diego is on the battlefield. In a slow motion shot of Diego leading the regiment to its ill fate, his companions go down on either side of him. Then Diego is also shot. He falters for a brief moment but courageously leads his fellow man onward to death.

The action is brutal and disturbing but realistic of the times and methods of warfare. The brotherhood of men in battle transcends centuries. The ruthless Court and Church betrayals, selfishness and pursuit of power may have been taken from history but is applicable today. Without a doubt, this Spanish epic will never receive enough of its due this year. Perhaps it will become a model to study and thus become timeless then receiving its true worth and recognition.

© 2007 Malibu Arts Reviews

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Mié Mar 21, 2007 4:11 pm

ALATRISTE (Special Edition 2DVD) Spanish Release (Region 2)

Review by Svet Atanasov | posted March 19, 2007

The Film:

The most expensive Spanish production to date, director Agustin Diaz Yanes' Alatriste (2006), certainly is a film to consider seriously. For a number of reasons!

Toping off an astronomical for the Spanish film industry budget of 28 million and teaming up every major Iberian actor you could think of next to sizzling American superstar Viggo Mortensen(The Lord of the Rings) Alatriste is a massive spectacle with top-notch production values.

Set in early 17th century this gritty buccaneer saga follows the life of legendary hero Captain Alatriste as described in the writings of Arturo Perez-Reverte.

The film opens up with a nasty ambush scene off the coast of Flandria (Flanders) where Alatriste saves the life of the Duke of Guadalmedina (Eduardo Noriega) with fellow warrior Balboa (Alex O'Dogherty). Alatriste's old friend however is fatally wounded. Before he dies he asks if the Captain would raise his son Inigo (Nacho Perez).

In Spain Alatriste and the famous Italian mercenary Malatesta (Enrico Lo Verso) are paid to eliminate a mysterious duo of high-ranking visitors. When he refuses the Captain becomes a target for the merciless Bocanegra (Blanca Portillo) whose prominent role within the Inquisition creates plenty of problems.

To punish his disobedience the Count-Duke of Olivares (Javier Camara) sends Alatriste back to Flanders where the Spanish army is under siege.

It is difficult not to like what Agustin Diaz Yanes has created! Visually stunning and thematically well-sustained Alatriste delves deep into Spanish history and gets most everything right. The story relies on a excellent cast which as mentioned already gathers the crème de la crème of Spanish cinema.

The most curious figure in the film is of course American actor Viggo Mortensen who not only speaks fluent Spanish but sounds very impressive as well. I am not aware how Spanish audiences accepted his performance but as far as I am concerned Alatriste will have a great resonance amongst foreign film aficionados.

What truly transforms Alatriste into a great cinematic experience however is the near perfect balance between edge-of-your-seat action and convincing storytelling. The gritty battle scenes where special effects are plausibly ignored in favor of authentic action are simply outstanding (special accolades go to costume designer Francesca Sartori)! The story is built around superb characters whose many sides are revealed in a fashion Hollywood can only wish for!!

If there is anything that might partially frustrate foreign viewers unfamiliar with Spanish history it is perhaps the enormous emphasis Agustin Diaz Yanes and his cast have put on detail. Alatriste often combines an array of characters with unique stories that seem to overlap each other making it impossible for the viewer to keep track of the numerous events taking place on the screen. Regardless, this is one exceptionally well done production that will make fans of intelligent, in-your-face action, adventure-sagas very happy!

Official site and trailer:

How Does the DVD Look?

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for widescreen TV's this Spanish-produced disc is near perfect! Crystal-clear image, incredible contrast, excellent color-reproduction, and a print that is virtually impossible to critique is what we have here. The anamorphic image is so strong that I felt like I could have used screen-caps from it all day long to produce nice wallpapers! Fox-Spain, the producers of this marvelous set, have indeed outdone themselves. Really, this disc is for those who wish to have a show-off DVD any time a friend comes over to visit. Impeccable!!!

How Does the DVD Sound?

In addition to the marvelous picture quality Fox have provided an equally stunning audio treatment! Presented with Catalan 2.0 and 5.1 tracks and a bombastic DTS mix the disc is what an audio-snob would hope for: a winner! I played with the 5.1 a bit but quickly switched to the DTS track once Alatriste was sent to Flanders. The action scenes, you have to believe me, are absolutely mind-blowing. There aren't any special effects here to truly give your system a workout but the natural sounds from the battle scenes are pure perfection. I enjoyed every single minute of this film and then some!! With optional white Catalan, French, and English subtitles (my only gripe here is that the subs are a bit large for my taste...). PAL-encoded, Region-2.


Since all of the extras on this 2DVD set are only in Spanish I am going to list them without making any comments. On disc one there is a commentary by the director of the film as well as the original theatrical trailer. On disc two you will find a great documentary by the National Geographic titled "El Madrid de Alatriste", the documentary "Cuenta lo que Fuimos", a gallery of stills, a gallery of deleted scenes, a Making-Of, and promotional gallery of trailers, TV spots, and press announcements.

Final Words:

You can certainly place me in the camp of those who had doubts that Viggo Mortensen could be a Spanish bushwhacker. And now you can take me right out of that camp and place me in the distant WOW-camp!! I have been wrong!!
I enjoyed Alatriste so much I saw it twice in one day, which is quite a gig as the film runs at approximately 150 minutes, and will likely see it again in a near future. The story, the acting, the music, the cinematography are all top-notch. Just what I did NOT expect!! Yes, there are a few minor flaws but this is indeed a grand spectacle!!!

This review was made possible with the kind assistance of Xploited Cinema.

C O N T E N T- 41/2 stars
V I D E O-41/2 stars
A U D I O-5 stars
E X T R A S-41/2 stars
R E P L A Y-41/2 stars
A D V I C E-Highly Recommended

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Mensaje por Pyogenesis » Mié Mar 21, 2007 4:35 pm

With optional white Catalan, French, and English subtitles

Where are the Catalan and French ones? I have the special edition and none of them appear! Is the criticist sure what he is writing about?

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Mensaje por Rogorn » Mié Mar 21, 2007 11:39 pm ... id=13&cs=1

LONDON — European Film Promotion has unveiled the lineup for its Picture Europe! screening series, which launches in April. The scheme will see a variety of well- and lesser-known Euro films showcased in Madrid, Berlin and London with the aim of bringing local box office hits to wider Euro auds.

The three city event kicks off at the Princesa Cinemas in Madrid on April 13 with German film "Ein Freund von mir" (A Friend of Mine), which was helmed by Sebastian Schipper. The pics stars Teuton faves Daniel Bruhl and Jurgen Vogel. Other films showing in Madrid include Danish box office hit "Nynne" by Jonas Elmer, and Fausto Brizzi's Italian laffer "Notte prima degli Esami." The German program opens at Berlin's CineStar Original on April 26 with French comedy "Les Bronzes 3 — Friends Forever" by Patrice Leconte. Others set to screen are "Falling" from Austria and "Salvador" from Spain.

The last stop on the tour will see Spanish swashbuckler "Alatriste" open the London leg at the Curzon Soho on June 8.

In some cases, the films, which will be shown in their original versions with subtitles, will be introduced by directors and stars.

European Film Promotion is supported by the Media Program of the European Union.

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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Jue Mar 22, 2007 1:27 am

Thanks for posting Rogorn...this is great news for everyone in and around London who have been waiting so patiently...let's hope Alatriste is one of the films that "will be introduced by directors and stars"... :D
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Mensaje por AlatristeFan » Jue Mar 22, 2007 5:19 pm

March 21, 2007

Picture Europe! The Best of European Cinema
Programme for EFP's new European film event in Madrid, Berlin, London

The new European film event Picture Europe! The Best of European Cinema is beginning in April. In cooperation with selected cinemas in Madrid, Berlin and London, European Film Promotion (EFP) will be premiering week-long film programmes crossing borders to present national box-office hits from all over Europe....

All information on the event is available online with immediate effect:
Programme, background information, Trailer, press download at

Dates and participating cinemas:
Madrid: 13.4. – 18.4.2007 in the Princesa Cinemas
Berlin: 26.4. 2.5.2007 in the CineStar Original. Sony Center.
London: 8.6. – 14.6.2007 in the Curzon Soho

With Picture Europe!, European Film Promotion is bringing the best national box-office hits together for the first time onto the screens of the neighbouring countries. A voyage of discovery through Europe's film landscape, a week full of creativity, stories and ideas – and full of unique cinematic moments is in store for the audiences in Madrid, Berlin and London.

Together with the selected cinemas, the members of EFP have chosen current film successes in all kinds of genres. Picture Europe! shows which of their films, among others, the French, the Spanish, the Finns and the Romanians love the most, have laughed the loudest about, and which ones move them the strongest. Directors and actors will be presenting the respective films (original version with subtitles in the national languages) and then answering questions from the audience and press following the screenings. The film programme will be launched in all three cities with a premiere party and guests from the film and television world....

...The last stop for Picture Europe! in 2007 will be the Curzon Soho in London's West End. The programme will be opened here on June 8 with the biggest Spanish audience success of 2006, Alatriste by Agustín Díaz Yanes (with actors and former Shooting Stars Elena Anaya, Eduardo Noriega and Unax Ugalde)...."

Programme and information on Picture Europe! at

Jo Mühlberger
Project Manager
phone +49 40- 390 6252
muehlberger @

Press contact:
Mareen Gerisch
Press Relations Manager
phone +49 40- 390 6252
gerisch @


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Mensaje por Rogorn » Lun Mar 26, 2007 10:05 am

(Cheers, AF)
'Alatriste' will be shown at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin on April 1. Other Spanish-language films are being shown this week as well. ... ilmID=5433

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Mensaje por Rogorn » Mar Mar 27, 2007 8:05 pm

A Viggo-Works member describing the opening in Budapest.

A little information to tracking 'Alatriste' around the world, the very first screening in Budapest.

On Monday 26 I attended Alatriste’s press screening, I enjoyed the movie with ten (!) people, one of them was a friend of mine, who likes historical movies, so I invited him.
First we got the pressbook, which is full of typos, e.g. Viggo Mortensen is sznész, much the same as acor, Mr. Mortensen’s biography is incorrect, and so on. My „favourite” item, translated from Perez Reverte’s homepage, Alatriste’s slender figure is translated as petite figure )
The subtitles are quite correct, though with some faults of spelling, e.g. listen to = hall, die = hal, so sometimes I had to chuckle.
The long shots are beautiful, much better than in the tv screen, the wide screen version is amazing, the costumes and landscapes are spellbinding, and I liked very much Rogue Banos’ score, too.
I’m a contributor of a movie site, PremierPark, and three weeks ago I’ve written everything I knew about the movie. It seems, I did the distributor’s job, because since then they didn’t take the trouble to give any material of Alatriste. I know, I’m a little malicious, but I think, it’s our readers’ luck...
Now I’m waiting for the constructive criticism after the premiere in 5th April, although our main film critics didn’t attend the screening, and the commercial work is a mere cipher... I hope it will change in the next week.