THE 33 (Spanish: Los 33) is an upcoming Chilean survival drama film directed by Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) and written by Mikko Alanne and José Rivera, based on the real events of 2010 mining disaster in which a group of thirty-three miners were trapped in the San José Mine, in Chile.
In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.
A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.
The film stars Antonio Banderas as Mario “Super Mario” Sepúlveda, who sent videos to the rescuers to notify them about the miners’ condition. Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kate del Castillo, Gabriel Byrne, Adriana Barraza, Mario Casas, Cote de Pablo, and Juan Pablo Raba round out the supporting cast of the film.