The International Film Festival of Panama (IFF Panama) opens on Abril 7. The festival is one of the most important national and international. This fifth edition will bring together all the fans and receive big stars of national, international industry and Hollywood, including the Venezuelan Edgar Ramirez, who stars in the film “Hands of Stone”, that will be released worldwide on August 26.
The Weinstein Co. just added two titles to the 2016 calendar. John Carney’s Sing Street, which recently made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, will begin its limited release on April 15.
In addition, Weinstein Co. will release wide Hands of Stone on Aug. 26, the Roberto Duran biopic the company acquired at Cannes. That weekend precedes the four-day Labor Day stretch. Hands of Stone will battle Open Road’s Max Steel, Lionsgate’s Jason Statham title Mechanic: Resurrection and Sony’s Fede Alvarez/Sam Raimi untitled horror film.
Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed Hands of Stone, a rags-to-riches drama that stars Edgar Ramirez as iconic fighter Duran, Robert De Niro as his mentor and trainer Ray Arcel, and Usher as his ring nemesis Sugar Ray Leonard. Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades, John Turturro and Ana de Armas also star. A Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50, Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard in June 1980, capturing the WBC welterweight title. However, Duran shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch. Duran was outclassed and pummeled by Leonard. This resulted in Duran saying “no mas,” turning his back on Leonard and quitting in the ring. The title Hands Of Stone came from Duran’s nickname. During the course of his career he saw 103 victories in 119 fights. Hands Of Stone is produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jonathan Jakubowicz.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Point Break (2015), director Ericson Core’s remake of the 1991 Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves action film of the same name. The new film stars Édgar Ramírez as Bodhi and Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, along with Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone. Point Break arrives via 2D and 3D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo packs on March 29th.
The Blu-ray release of Point Break is presented in 1080p with Dolby Atmos surround. Extras include:
Point Break: Rock Climbing
Point Break: Wingsuit Flying
Point Break: Snowboarding
Point Break: Motocross
The Venezuelan star plays robber Bodhi in the action remake – which was originally made in 1991 and starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves – about a thrill-seeking group of surfers who are under investigation by the FBI.
And Ramirez says the cast – including Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone and Delroy Lindo – formed a bond with the stuntmen, many of whom were athletes and experts in physical fitness, because of the respect they had for their amazing physical abilities.
He said: “When I tell people about it, I get a huge sense of pride and excitement to these guys. They brought so much authenticity to the film and made us all proud … We all became brothers, among the actors and the athletes. They’re all our friends. It’s amazing. This world is extreme, but it’s not a macho culture.”
At the pinnacle of his career in Hollywood he speaks to Joseph Pisano in Agenda Éxitos.
Comments on his participation in American movies Point Break and Joy: “For me as a Venezuelan and Latin American, the film is received so enthusiastically excited me a lot.”
He also indicated it gets nervous to promote two films, but is very proud of them. He spoke of the emotion he felt working with great actors and directors of the big screen: “It has been amazing experience,” he said.
Edgar talks about his work as a producer with director Spielberg in the film “The Girl on the Train” and support as executive producer on the film “From Beyond” with the Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas.
Listen to the full interview by the Circuito Éxitos.