Roland Joffe directs Golshifteh Farahani in Spanish Civil War Film


Roland Joffe directs Golshifteh Farahani in Spanish Civil War Film
by Darius Kadivar

Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, acandidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.


"There be Dragons" is an upcoming historical epic written and directed by Roland Joffé, a British filmmaker well known for directing The Mission and The Killing Fields. The movie stars Charlie Cox (Stardustand Casanova),Wes Bentley (American Beauty),Rodrigo Santoro (300), Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), Golshifteh Farahani(Body of Lies),Dougray Scott (Dr. Jekyll andMr. Hyde and Desperate Housewives), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace and Max Payne),Unax Ugalde (Love in the Time of Cholera and Bon Appétit),and Lily Cole (Rage and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus).

It is a drama set during the Spanish Civil War which features themes such as betrayal, love and hatred, forgiveness, friendship, and finding meaning in everyday life. The film, scheduled to be released in Spring 2011, includes the story of revolutionary soldiers, a journalist, his father,and a real life priest, St. Josemaría Escrivá, a recent Roman Catholic saint and founder of Opus Dei, who has beencalled the saint of ordinary life. (More about the Film: Here)


Release Date: May 6th, 2011

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Official English Trailer:


Official Spanish Trailer:


A young journalist long ago rejected by his now aged and dying father finds himself investigating one of his father's former friends, a candidate for canonization. Uncovering the two men's complicated relationship from childhood through the horrors of the Spanish Civil War unveils a compelling drama filled with passion, betrayal, love andreligion. An action packed story set during a murderous time in history that ultimately serves the present by revealing the importance and timeless power of forgiveness.


Miscellaneous Scenes




Miscellaneous Interviews /Reports



There be dragons: A film on Saint Josemaria Escriva:

For a few weeks, the suburbs of Buenos Aires have turned into 1936 Madrid. Roland Joffe, director of The Mission, strolls through bullet-proof trucks, militias and Spanish flags, currently working on the production of There be dragons, a film based on the life of Saint Josemaria Escriva of Balaguer.



Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at There Be Dragons Movie with Director Roland Joffe :

Oscar nominated director, Roland Joffe, who brought us the highly acclaimed film, "The Mission", has returned to his roots with the epic movie "There Be Dragons", a powerful story of war, tragedy, love and redemption. Watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes video where Roland talks about why he wanted to make this movie.


(NOTE: Golshifteh Farahani briefly appears listening to Roland Joffe @ 12 sec)

Another interview of Roland Joffe:

Interview with Producer of new film There Be Dragons :

Spanish TV coverage of Shooting Locations in Spain:

Another Spanish TV Coverage of Shooting on Location in Spain:



Behold A Pale Horse


The Spanish Civil War was also depicted in Fred Zinnemann's  Behold a Pale Horse (1964) Starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif and Anthony


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Banned Hollywood Dream : Golshifteh Farahani in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies by Darius KADIVAR


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If anything, Iran is "culturally" one of the ripest countries in the world for a revolution. In Iran of today, there is an upper class which is not happy with the rampant cronyism and favoritism, a middle class which sees its hard work has only brought wealth to the chosen few while at the same time its educated sons and daughters are unemployed, and the poor lower class which is ready to take to the streets and demand a fair share of Iran's national wealth. Add to that the lack of much desired social and political freedoms and you have the best "cultural" prerequisites for a revolution.


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Dear Red wine,

Well if people aren't ready for democracy yet (because of cultural and religion problems as you said), no matter the system they choose they will build a non-democratic country and perhaps have a "banana republic" like many others around the globe. Being ready is the key for both system to work correctly....

 80% of republics on earth aren't democratic,i can't understand this false idea that lots iranians have in mind that just because its a republic its safer and give more garantee for a true democracy ! but i know its a very commun thought and well spread in our society!


will we see what our compatriots will do in the future....just hoping they will do better than they did in 79 cause we all suffered too much for nothing!

Cheers :)



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Look forward 2 c it. Hope Golshifteh plays in many more movies.

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 Dear Shemirani...

I do not think what happens in Spain happened in Iran. The Spanish people have sacrificed a lot for democracy and the war has produced  because  they not want the King. General Franco won the war with much help from the Germans and a well-made plan but never had the support of the people. people wanted bread, not the King!

Juan Carlos is a good man, wise and intelligent, he has managed to create democracy in a healthy way and has managed to create a healthy link between royalty and people. in Iran can not see that because the Iranians still have cultural and religious problems. is difficult to see democracy in a form with a monarchical power.



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Je profite pour vous remercier des blog culturel que je suis depuis longtemps c'est très instructif.....Wanted to thank you for your cultural blogs for so long in this site, its one of the main reason i enjoy visiting !!

Can't wait to see the movie with Golshifteh, great iranian actress !!!

and the topic of the movie sounds interesting:

I wish Iran could follow Spain's example and built a great country like they did after Franco by choosing King Juan Carlos ! we have lots of similarities with them, if only iranians could read and observe more how people get out of dark days ! but many of them don't want to think too much and prefere an easy " copy paste" of the only system they know by living outboard ! i believe spain's system match more with who iranians are (and what they needs) than any other system !

Red Wine


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اصل داستان واقعی‌ است اما گمان کنم که در حین سناریو نویسی بعضی‌ از مطالب خط خورده باشند و یا اضافه !

این از آن فیلمهاست که چند سال در موردش صحبت میشد و الان در اسپانیا این مساله مطرح هست که آیا این فیلم به حقایق آن دوره نزدیک است یا خیر !

در زمان جنگ داخلی اسپانیا، جمهوری خواهان مرتکب اشتباهاتی شدند که باعث شد از اهداف اصلی‌ خودشان دور شود،یکی‌ از این اشتباهات ادغام عقیدتی‌ آنان با چپ گرا‌ها و کمونیست‌ها بود،افرادی که مستقیماً از مسکو تغذیه میشدند و بسیار افراطی بودند،اشتباه دیگر آنان قتل عام کشیشان کاتولیک بود که با انجام این کار بسیار از مردم اسپانیا از آنان رویگردان شدند و به ژنرال فرانکو پیوستند،اسپانیا همیشه کشوری مذهبی‌ بوده است.

فیلم در اوایل ماه می به سینماها خواهد رفت و ما دیدن آن را به دوستان سفارش می‌کنیم،ما فیلم را زودتر خواهیم دید،احتمالا در فستیوال مالاگا-اسپانیا .

خیلی‌ ممنون داریوش جان :) .