Most of the world is already aware of the harrowing 2010 Chilean mine collapse, which trapped 33 miners 200 stories deep for nearly 10 weeks, but this month’s The 33 wants to shed new light on the tragedy by taking the audience underground. Patricia Riggen’s drama splits time above and below, depicting the socio-political struggles on land, as well as the inspiring tale of survival deep beneath. Among the miners fighting to stay alive is Antonio Banderas in his most high profile lead role in quite some time. Banderas is joined by an impressive cast, including Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, and James Brolin. The 33 opens in Chicago theaters on November 13, but The A.V. Club and Alcon Entertainment have an opportunity for you to see it for free on November 10. For your chance to win a pair of passes to the advance screening, simply follow the link here and enter the promo code 33AVC1110. Remember: Advance screenings are often intentionally overbooked, so be sure to arrive early if you want to guarantee yourself a seat. An official plot synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.
“In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out. A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up. Based on the gripping true story of survival—and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers—The 33 reveals the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon.”