Another Poignant Poster for Soderbergh's Che from England
A rather powerful and poignant poster for Steven Soderbergh's Che has just popped up over on Empire. Apparently this is England's official teaser poster for the film, making it one of the first English-language posters we've seen since the film started playing in various North American film festivals. As we probably all know by now, Che is about Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentinian revolutionary and Marxist icon, and is becoming more and more controversial by the day. However, with this poster, it's not necessarily the image that will rile people up - it's the message on it. Everyone knows the icon. Few know the man.
Whatever you may think about the actual Che Guevara, this film (or these films, I should say) are phenomenal filmmaking achievements from both Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro alike. I hope everyone can come to respect these films as cinematic art in the end and not propaganda.
Che is a true life historical epic made up of two individual films (The Argentine and Guerrilla) that chronicle the life of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Both films are directed by Steven Soderbergh, of Traffic, The Good German, and the Ocean's Trilogy previously. The screenplays were written by Peter Buchman, of Jurassic Park III and Eragon previously, and are based on Guevara's actual memoirs. IFC Films is releasing both films together in limited theaters on December 12th, followed by individual theatrical releases for each film on its own starting sometime in early 2009.