THE THIRTY-FOURTH

EL TREINTICUATRO

By Waldo SALGADO

ESCALA HUMANA - as PROD

Historical - Development 2017

Chile. 2010. Wilson oversleeps, misses work and avoids being buried along with 33 fellow miners in Atacama. For days he is the sole survivor and tastes glory. But a message warns that the men are still alive. Wilson will do anything to retain his new status, even trying to become the thirty-fourth.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Historical, Epic, Black comedy
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Waldo SALGADO
    • Writer(s)
    • Waldo SALGADO
    • Producer(s)
    • Sebastian BRAHM (Escala Humana)
    • Synopsis
    • Chile, Atacama Desert, 2010. After years of failed attempts and doubts about his fertility, Wilson Mardones has finally impregnated his wife Paola. He gets drunk, sleeps in and misses work in the San Jose mine. That night, on TV, he learns that it collapsed, “trapping 34 miners”. But he’s there. Fortune has smiled to him twice in 24 hours.
      He becomes a celebrity. National and international media interview him and he feels a surge of adrenalin under the floodlights or when people ask for photos. He volunteers to lead the rescue, only to be rejected by the Crying Minister in charge. The media lose interest in him but Wilson won’t let go. A hard-core Enduro fan, he announces that he will run the Dakar, which recently moved from Africa to Chile, “to pay homage to the martyrs below”. Yet his workmates are alive, and send a message up one of the probing holes: "We are well in the shelter, the 33", it reads. Lights and cameras turn to the rescue, leaving Wilson back in dark anonymity. He announces that he will lead the official “miners’ team” and raise money for the families. But a magnanimous Eccentric Millionaire shows up and gives $10,000 to each family, and some fifty bucks to Wilson. As the rescue becomes imminent, he begins to think that it would have been better to get buried.
      During the rescue, the Minister displays the 33’s message once again. Wilson jumps to snatch it from his hands and he is arrested as he struggles for the piece of paper. He serves a year and a half in prison for aggravated assault. When he is set free, Hollywood’s take on the rescue is about to be shot in town. The deranged smile crawls back to his face: he’ll be an extra to his own story. But they won’t let the “crazy dude that attacked the Minister” get near the set. They do give him a job cleaning up the set after the shoot. He realizes that some of his partners in this new job are the actual trapped miners.
    • Partners & financing
    • We are in early develpment and the project has no financing yet. We are currently applying for national and international development funding.
      A domestic rental house is sponsoring us with US$45,000 worth of shooting technical equipment.

    • Production schedule
    • DEVELOPMENT (highlights)
      September 2015: application to Chilean Production Funds.
      First semester 2016: application to Ibermedia and co-production support from European partner's territory.
      PRODUCTION
      August - December 2016: Copiapó, Atacama desert, Chile.
      POST-PRODUCTION
      December 2016 - May 2017

    • Beginning of shooting
    • Nov 02, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Dec 10, 2016
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