We're Quoted on the Poster for The Matador!
by Alex Billington
October 14, 2008
I was notified by our writer Ken Evans yesterday that a quote from his review has showed up on the poster for a documentary called The Matador. I don't know much about this film but I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to shed some more light on it, especially for those who love documentaries. We've featured the poster in full below in addition to some information and the synopsis. Ken saw this film at SXSW in March and gave it 7.5 out of 10 in his review, sparking considerable debate in the comments over harming animals, since the documentary is about the Spanish sport of bullfighting.
Those who are curious about the film can head over to matadorthefilm.com for a trailer and lots more details. Apparently it does a great job of getting into the life of the matadors and the world of bullfighting, for those interested. I might check it out at one point, but I'm not a big documentary guy myself.
The Matador is the epic tale of David Fandila's quest to become the world's top-ranked bull-fighter. Heart-wrenching setbacks and thrilling successes dramatize 'El Fandi's' three-year journey across Spain and Latin America and into the pages of bullfighting history.
More than one man's quest for greatness, The Matador is a story of love -- of a son for his family, of audiences for their heroes, of a people for their cultural traditions, and of the bullfighter's paradoxical love for the majestic beast that he must kill to create his art.
As David struggles to achieve his place in the pantheon of Spain's greatest bullfighters, he is confronted by those who question the place of this ancient and brutal ritual in the modern world.
The Matador is co-directed by first-time filmmaker Stephen Higgins and fellow documentarian Nina Gilden Seavey. After premiering at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, the film was later picked up by City Lights Pictures. The Matador will hit very limited theaters starting on October 31st.