Oscar 2014: The Liberator is Venezuela’s Oscar Entry

Venezuela has submitted the Simon Bolivar biopic “The Liberator – Libertador” as its entry for Oscar’s foreign-language race.

Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez (“Zero Dark Thirty”) stars along with Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis. Alberto Arvelo directed from a script by Timothy Sexton.

Mundial, IM Global’s joint venture with Canana, is handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. Cohen Media Group acquired the North American rights and will be releasing the film on Oct. 3 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and other markets.

The film was released in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for “artistic and production value, staging/realization, music and photography.”

The film is told from Bolivar’s point of view, and features his military campaigns and his vision to unify South America.

“The Liberator” is a Venezuelan-Spanish co-production between Producciones Insurgentes and San Mateo Films.

Producers are Ana Loehnert, Winfried Hammacher and Alberto Arvelo. Co-producers include Jose Luis Escolar and executive producers are Edgar Ramirez and Maria A. Guerrero Rocca.