A new movie about Saint Josemaria Escriva’s early years placed during the Spanish Civil War has been produced and will be released in 2010 A.D. titled, There Be Dragons.
Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 A.D. in Barbastro, Spain. Later at the age of 26 in Madrid Saint Josemaria started the apostolate that would eventually be called the Work of God, or simply Opus Dei, in pre-Civil War Spain in October of 1928 A.D. Opus Dei would experience delays in progress with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 A.D. This is the period that the setting of the movie is placed in.
The movie mixes jealousy, hate, love and redemption. Featuring Saint Josemaria and his friend Manolo whose paths diverge when the Civil War breaks out in Spain. Throw in a love interest for Manolo and the saints pursuit of faith and you have for an interesting amalgamation for a movie plot.
The film was directed by Roland Joffe, previously directed The Mission with Robert DeNiro which was nominated for seven secular academy awards. The cast includes, Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova) as Saint Josemaria, Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider) as Manolo, and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne) as Manolo’s love interest.
I haven’t seen any trailers, which none have been released yet, and I’ve only read the synopsis of the movie. But with the information I have I look forward to watching the film. Mainly because Saint Josemaria is one of my favorite saints and the Spanish Civil War is also of great interest and personal fascination.
To learn more about Saint Josemaria Escriva click here.
To learn more about Opus Dei click here.
To learn more about the movie, There Be Dragons, click here.
To read a highly recommended book based on the early years of Opus Dei during the Spanish Civil War titled “Uncommon Faith” by John F. Coverdale, click here.
To read an excellent synopsis of the movie, There Be Dragons, by the Catholic News Agency, click here.
To read The American Catholic’s “50 Best Catholic Films of All Time” by Christopher Blosser, click here.
To read the Wikipedia entry for Roland Joffe’s excellent film titled, The Mission, click here.
For my previous entry on The American Catholic of this film click here.