“Gored,” The Award-Winning Documentary About The Most-Gored Bullfighter In History, Is Acquired By FilmRise

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December 21, 2015 — FilmRise has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights in all media to Gored, the award-winning documentary about Antonio Barrera, known in Spain as “the most gored matador in modern bullfighting.”

Barerra has been gored by bulls in the ring 23 times. 

In 2011 Geoffrey Gray wrote an article about Barrera and how often he had been injured in an article entitled The Dangerous Obsession of Antonio Barerra for Sports illustrated magazine (in the article he referred to Barerra as “…the Rocky Balboa” of bullfighting). When Barerra announced his retirement, Grey and Ido Mizrahy approached him about documenting his final bullfight. Grey and Mizrahy wrote the script; Mizrahy directed it.

The final bullfight is the centerpiece of the film, but it also documents the preparations leading up to the encounter and touches on Barerra’s life after the final fight.

Gored premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015, where it was nominated for the Documentary Audience Choice Award; it has also won the Best Sports documentary prize at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The Raindance Festival.

Mizrahy has expressed his mixed feelings about the spectacle of bullfighting. “Bullfighting is an incredible brutal spectacle, and part of me is happy to see it go away,” he admitted. “In the same way Antonio is being phased out of the world of bullfighting, bullfighting is being phased out of the world.” Bullfighting is believed to have existed in some form since ancient times (cave paintings in Crete dating from around 2000 B.C. appear to show a kind of bullfight); the modern Spanish style of bullfighting has existed in the form we know today since the early 18th century. In Spain bullfighting is called the “Fiesta Nacional,” or the national sport. It is estimated that each year 24,000 bulls are killed in the ring, in front of an audience of 30 million people.

Nonetheless, the custom has come under attack in recent times, with people calling it cruel and barbaric.

Danny Fisher, the CEO of FilmRise, discussed the film. “Ido Mizrahy has created a thrilling and thought-provoking sports documentary that goes beyond bullfighting to address themes that we can all relate to: survival, determination and family. …After its incredibly successful festival run, we are ecstatic that we can now bring this prize-winning film to a larger audience.”

The film will be available on digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon and Netflix, in North America, Latin America, Spain and the United Kingdom. In addition it is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

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