Upstate Catholics sponsor ‘There Be Dragons’

GREENVILLE— “There Be Dragons,” a film about the life and work of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, will open on May 6 in the Upstate thanks to a group of people who purchased 1200 tickets up front for the weekend viewings.

The movie is a positive portrayal from Academy Award-nominated director Roland Joffe (“The Mission”), and has received endorsements from many bishops, archbishops, Catholic leaders and media around the world.

Based on true events, “There Be Dragons” is an epic tale of revolutionaries and saints in the time of the Spanish civil war; a story of love and heroism amid jealousy, hatred and violence; and a riveting drama about the power of forgiveness to break the chains of the past. It stars Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro, Emmy Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, and Olga Kurylenko, the movie is being released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The themes are already resonating with people of all faiths who must make daily choices to “conquer the dragons” they encounter by avoiding conflict in favor of embracing opportunities for forgiveness.

Bishop Michael Sheridan, of the Diocese of Colorado Springs described the movie as “a deeply moving depiction of the triumph of love and forgiveness.”

The release of the film will be accompanied by a major grassroots campaign conducted by Motive Entertainment, the company that championed films such as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Motive Entertainment is also releasing a variety of free teaching and preaching materials.

“There Be Dragons” will show at the Hollywood Stadium 20, 1029 Woodruff Road in Greenville, from May 6-12 at 1:35 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:55 p.m.

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