Best friends Carlos Antonio León (“Shadowland”, “The Secret of Joy”) and Thomas Piedra (“Complot”) have now joined forces to bring to life a story that’s inspired in true events. “The 8-6” (aka “Los OchoSeis”) is an urban story highlighting the activities of a band of thugs well known in the Caracas’s scene in the mid 1980’s. The film will recreate the spirit of the 80’s while focusing on the type of delinquency that was common in Venezuela during those days, a stark contrast with today’s mercenary-like style of crime that the South American country is dealing with.
With the assistance of some of the band’s surviving members, Piedra ensembled a top notch crew that includes Javier Mujica as writer and director of the film, Ernesto Ceballos (actor and writer), Claudia Lepage (“The Longest Distance”) and David Da Silva as executive producers. Piedra and León will also act in the film as Paco and Casanova respectively. The cast includes some of the best known Venezuelan talents: Erick Ronsó, Laureano Olivarez (“Solo”), Maria Elena Infantino (“Job’s Daughter”), Martha Tarazona (“Yotama Flies Away”), Carlos Madera (“Secuestro Express”), Carlos Mesber, Loly Sanchez and legendary Venezuelan movie icon Miguel Angel Landa among others.
Director Mujica explains that this film is part of a genre that defines the Latin American cinema and plans to give it a special texture and feeling that’s warm and colorful yet maintaining the grittiness of the subject. “It’s a Film Noir” Mujica says. “It is imperative that people understand that this film is in no way a glorification of crime” says Carlos Antonio León who is also a Social Worker. “Cinema is supposed to be a mirror for society and must reflect the zeitgeist of the given country. We can do all the movies we want about the beauty of Venezuela and its many resources, but internationally (sadly) Venezuela is not known anymore as such. The political turmoils alongside the increasing lack of safety has dominated the international news for at least 10 years. Most Venezuelan movies in the last 5 years that have exhibited abroad don’t talk about it. People abroad don’t see a connection between the film they see and what they hear constantly in the news about Venezuela. Even though “The 8-6″ takes place in the 1980’s, it is a good indication of the things that later came. it was the beginning of what is happening now.” Concludes León.
Shooting starts on June 29, 2015 for six weeks in locations where the band used to operate: Cotiza, La Candelaria and 23 de Enero, all considered today even more dangerous than back in the 1980’s. The members of those communities have come along to offer support and safety for the cast and crew while filming. The surviving members of The 8-6 will also be present during filming to provide security and support. The movie plans to open in Venezuelan theaters by January, 2016 and will be distributed by Cinematografica Blancica while it will seek distribution in the US and Europe.
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