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Pope Francis meets with Chilean miners that inspired new film “The 33”

The Chilean miners, whose inspiring story has been brought to the screen in “The 33,” were in Rome to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their miraculous rescue, which captivated more than a billion people around the world on October 13, 2010.

Today, they had the great privilege of participating in the weekly audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. After delivering a message about hope, the Pope personally greeted the miners and their families, who were honored to present His Holiness with personalized gifts. It was a day none of them could have imagined five years ago.

The evening before, on the night of the anniversary, they received a standing ovation at a special screening of Alcon Entertainment’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ film “The 33,” which tells their inspiring story, opening November 13, 2015.

The film itself comes from Alcon Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. The event that trapped the miners took place back in 2010. At the time 33 miners were buried alive after an explosion caused a collapse within a 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. Over 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.

The cast is led by Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The main cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo, Naomi Scott, Gustavo Angarita, and Alejandro Goic.

Patricia Riggen directed “The 33” from a screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Oscar nominee Craig Borten (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Michael Thomas, based on the screen story by Jose Rivera and the book Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar. The film was produced by Oscar nominee Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”), Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez, Alan Zhang and José Luis Escolar served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scene creative team included cinematographer Checco Varese, production designer Marco Niro, editor Michael Tronick and Oscar-nominated costume designer Paco Delgado (“Les Misérables”). The Academy Award-winning team of Alex Henning and Ben Grossman (“Hugo”) supervised the visual effects. The score was composed by Oscar winner James Horner (“Titanic”).

“The 33” was filmed on location in Chile’s harshly remote yet stunningly beautiful Atacama desert just kilometers away from where the event took place, and deep within two mines located in central Colombia.

A presentation of Alcon Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures, “The 33” is slated to open on November 13, 2015 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.