"THE MATADOR" - COMING IN 2009
10 Sep 2008
Siren Visual is pleased to announce our latest acquisition, a one-of-a-kind look into a sport and a culture rarely seen outside of Spain and Latin America. THE MATADOR is the epic tale of David "El Fandi" Fandila's quest to become the world's top-ranked bullfighter. Heart-wrenching setbacks and thrilling successes dramatize El Fandi's three-year journey across Spain and Latin America and into the pages of bullfighting history.
More than one man's quest for greatness, THE MATADOR is a story of love -- of a son for his family, of audiences for their heroes, of a people for their cultural traditions, and of the bullfighter's paradoxical love for the majestic beast that he must kill to create his art.
As David struggles to achieve his place in the pantheon of Spain's greatest bullfighters, he is confronted by those who question the place of this ancient and brutal ritual in the modern world.
Breathtakingly shot and edited, and backed by a sweeping orchestral score, THE MATADOR is a true cinematic experience, and one of the most fascinating documentaries in recent memory.
Straight-laced, bloody and gorgeous, "The Matador" takes bullfighting on its own terms, profiling a few challenging seasons in the life of popular, young Spaniard David Fandila, aka "El Fandi." PETA activists will be apoplectic, but the pic is geared to more culturally open-minded viewers unacquainted with the subtleties of the corrida, revealing that it’s a primitive though complex sport, and that Fandila is an athlete with a dancer’s skills.
- Robert Koehler, VARIETY
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