March 23, 2011. The director Roland Joffé traveled to Rome to present his film on St. Josemaria Escriva at the Vatican. The film takes place during the Spanish Civil War. A story of jealousy, forgiveness and a war that has a defining role for St. Josemaría Escrivá.
Roland Joffé Director, “There Be Dragons” “He said that you didn’t only find God in church, you found God in everyday life, and I took that very seriously. I thought it was a very wonderful thing, but what happens if everyday life is a civil war? Where is God in a civil war?”
Twenty-five years after his acclaimed film “The Mission,” Roland Joffé gambled on a new story of redemption of two men with completely different characters.
Roland Joffé Director, “There Be Dragons” “I would say this is a story for every human being, every human being who feels, who thinks, who has a family, who’s been, who feels ideologically bound, who feels angry, who feels the need for revenge, or who feels love, or wants love, or needs love, or wants to find love. This movie is for them, I think.”
Ignacio Gómez Sancha Producer, “There Be Dragons” “This movie is 100% about humanity. We have tested it with believers, nonbelievers, Asians, Americans, Africans, everyone. And it touched the heart of all of them, so nobody should feel left out.”
He was accompanied by Ennio Morricone, who often composes the soundtracks for Roland Joffé, such as in “The Mission.” He said that this film is “a masterpiece.”
Ennio Morricone Composer “With this film, Roland Joffe confirmed his worth, his greatness as a profound and intense director of the highest quality. This movie confirms what he has always been: a great director.”
Among those in attendance, were those who knew St. Josemaría before he died in 1975.
“There Be Dragons,” is a movie for Catholics and non-Catholic alike, that doesn't seek to change any opinions on the conflict of the war. It will be released in theaters on March 25 in Spain and May 6 in the United States.