New major motion film reflects on the life of Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá 

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by Christine Schicker Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Hollywood, CA, July 28— Academy Award nominated director Roland Joffé returns to Hollywood with an epic film that explores the nature of humanity in his latest movie “There Be Dragons.” The famed director of the deeply Catholic film “The Mission” returns to a spiritual plot in his latest film, a powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation woven around the figure of St. Josemaría Escrivá during the Spanish republic and Civil War in the mid 1930s. The film combines action, adventure, passion and romance with the extraordinary drama of human tragedy and Divine redemption.

Recently, more than 68 million Catholics in the United States and more than1 billion around the world marked the feast day of St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Without question, this controversial religious organization and the entire Catholic Church have been the subjects of much criticism and conspiracies. Yet, even during these challenging times, the life of this intriguing Catholic figure has inspired the making of a $35 million major motion picture.

A trailer is available for viewing on the film’s website ( Expansion of the website will include a film synopsis, bios for the cast members and film makers, faith resources, images from the film set, information about Opus Dei and St. Josemaría Escrivá, and much more.

Fr. John Wauck, an Opus Dei priest living in Rome, was the on-set consultant for “There Be Dragons.” “The Catholic Church has gone through a great deal of persecution in the past several years. The culture needs to be aware of the many positive and beautiful aspects of our Church,” he said from Rome. “‘There Be Dragons’ tells the story of jealousy, betrayal, hatred, love and redemption. We all battle with internal ‘dragons’ or demons that direct us away from Christ—away from holiness. St. Josemaría shows us that we can achieve holiness and happiness by doing our work and ordinary activities with love. If we follow this simple lesson, we can all defeat our ‘dragons.’”

The $35 million film was shot in Argentina and Spain, and will be released in theaters worldwide in early 2011. “Dragons” just wrapped production in Spain and is currently in post-production. Spanish attorney and member of Opus Dei, Ignacio G. Sancha sought funding during the global recession for “There Be Dragons” and was pleased to encounter resounding support for its production. While most big budget films come out of Hollywood, this film was backed by Spanish National Television; the Spanish government; and a collection of Spanish business professionals. Sancha, in conjunction with Joffé, has unearthed a story that crosses many traditional lines and celebrates the life of one of the Catholic Church's most popular modern saints, St. Josemaría Escrivá.

For more information about “There Be Dragons” or to schedule an interview with Fr. John Wauck, Ignacio Sancha or the actors or filmmakers, please contact Christine Schicker with the Maximus Group at 404-610-8871.


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