Steven Soderbergh’s movies “Che” and “The Argentine” just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The films played together with a break between the two, and according to Jeffrey Wells:
The first half of Steven Soderbergh's 268-minute Che Guevara epic is, for me, incandescent -- a piece of full-on realism about the making of the Cuban revolution that I found utterly believable and politically vibrant and searing. It's what I'd hoped for and more. The tale is the tale, and it's told straight and true. Benicio del Toro's Guevara portrayal is, as expected, a flat-immersion that can't be a "performance" as much as...I don't know, some kind of knock-down ass-kick inhabiting. Being, not "acting." No sentimentality, very straight.
While his review might be a bit overinflated due to the excitement of the moment, I’m sure the films are excellent and I cannot wait for their eventual release here in the states.
If you don’t know about the movies, they’re about Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. And playing the title character is one of the best actor’s working today – Benecio Del Toro.
Later this year the films will be released separately, here’s the synopses:
On November 26, 1956, Fidel Castro sails to Cuba with eighty rebels. One of those rebels is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, an Argentine doctor who shares a common goal with Fidel Castro - to overthrow the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Che proves indispensable as a fighter, and quickly grasps the art of guerrilla warfare. As he throws himself into the struggle, Che is embraced by his comrades and the Cuban people. This film tracks Che’s rise in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero.
After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and of guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.