Benicio Del Toro and Steven Soderbergh's big-budget epic about Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara, simply titled Che, has finally found an American distributor. IFC Films will release the two-part, four-hour-long picture in New York and Los Angeles this January, with a simultaneous video-on-demand release around the country.
Despite an all-star cast, a high-profile director, a big budget and a Best Actor award at Cannes for Benicio, Che has struggled to find a distributor since it's world premiere at the Canes Film Festival last May. Industry experts said the running time, the fact that the film is entirely in Spanish, and the mixed reaction from Cannes critics made it an unattractive property to distributors, until IFC stepped up.
"Che is nothing less than the film event of the year. By giving us the rise and fall of one of the great icons of history, Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro...have humanized him and given audiences around the world something that will be discussed for years to come," IFC president Jonathan Sehring said.
There's no doubt Che is one of the most important figures in Latin history, so we're excited to see him get the star treatment by Benicio Del Toro—who looks like he was born to play this role—this January. Hopefully we'll be hearing more about the film come Oscar time!