Thread: Che (2008/9)
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Old 5th March 2009, 14:46
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Che is a two-part 2008 biopic about Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio del Toro as the title character. Utilizing a cinéma vérité stylistic approach, the pictorial diptych comprises two merged films entitled The Argentine and Guerrilla. Each part is intentionally illustrated with differing approaches to narrative linearity, camerawork, and aspect ratios; with such duality intended to be reflective of the two military campaigns divergent outcomes. The Argentine (part one) focuses on the Cuban revolution, from the moment Fidel Castro, Guevara and other revolutionaries landed on the Caribbean island, until they successfully toppled the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista two years later. Guerilla (part two), meanwhile focuses on Che's futile attempt to bring revolution to Bolivia and his early demise.

Che was screened as a single film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where Del Toro won the Best Actor Award. IFC Films, which holds all North American rights to Che, initially released the combined film for one week on December 12, 2008 in New York City and Los Angeles in order to qualify for the year's Academy Awards. Strong box office performance led to the "special roadshow edition" being extended in New York and Los Angeles and later expanded into additional markets. The films were released in 25 markets beginning January 16 and 22 both as a single film and as two separate films, titled Che Part 1: The Argentine and Che Part 2: Guerrilla, and distribution expanded further after that. IFC released the films via video on demand on January 21 through all major U.S. cable and satellite providers in both standard and high definition versions.
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