Escobar: Paradise Lost, a Chapter 2 and Roxbury production, internationally marketed by Pathé International and distributed in the United States by Radius/TWC, will close the Pearls section of the 62nd San Sebastian Festival.
Written and directed by Andrea di Stefano, the film stars Academy Award-winner Benicio del Toro as Pablo Escobar, Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games), Claudia Traisac and Carlos Bardem.
The star of Escobar: Paradise Lost is young surfer Nick thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches he falls madly in love with a beautiful Colombian girl called Maria. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, one Pablo Escobar…
Benicio del Toro has confirmed that he will come to San Sebastian to present the film and receive the Donostia Award for his whole career. Josh Hutcherson, Andrea Di Stefano and Carlos Bardem will also attend the Festival.
Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano’s directorial debut is a melodrama about notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar
A fresh dramatic perspective breathes some welcome new life into the modern drug trade genre in Escobar: Paradise Lost. This ambitious directorial debut by Italian actor Andrea Di Stefanotakes some helpful hints from The Godfather in concentrating on the family circle around a notorious criminal figure, making possible a multi-dimensional view of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar which is further aided by a full-bodied performance from Benicio del Toro.
A fascinating Benicio Del Toro performance powers this enterprising B-movie about a naive young surfer falling prey to the toxic charms of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life — on dry land — in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro) as seen through the eyes of a naive acolyte drawn into his web. The directorial debut of veteran Italian actor Andrea di Stefano (“The Prince of Homburg,” “Eat Pray Love”), “Escobar” offers an odd mix of action movie, romantic melodrama and cautionary traveler’s tale, which works better than it should thanks to Del Toro’s fascinating performance and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming. Pickled up during production by Weinstein Co. subsidiary Radius, this smarter-than-average genre pic (scheduled for a Nov. 26 release) could prove a robust performer in niche theatrical and VOD play, especially if it connects with the large and underserved Latino moviegoing crowd.
“Hutcherson imbues the character with a believability that transcends the script’s limitations. The actor’s supporting gig in the “Hunger Game” movies hasn’t provided him with sufficient material to show his range, but “Escobar” gives him with another shot, following noteworthy turns in “The Kids Are Alright” and “Detention.” His roles in those movies bear little resemblance to the wide-eyed survivor on display here.”
Colombia’s most famous drug lord gets second-billing in this tense story of a young man struggling to escape the cartel’s reign of power.
The legacy of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who reached the height of his cocaine-smuggling power in the eighties running a multimillion dollar cartel operation, is obvious fodder for the movies. Though Escobar surrendered to authorities in 1991, escaped a year later and was killed in a firefight shortly afterward, his luxurious career provides many access points, as demonstrated by the recent spate of Escobar projects: In addition to a 2012 Colombian mini-series, contemporary efforts to explore Escobar’s life include the upcoming production of the black list screenplay “The Ballad of Pablo Escobar,” starring John Leguizamo in the title role, and the tense, well-acted “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which features Benicio Del Toro.
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