Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Nov 10, 2010 / 16:04 pm
Director Emilio Estevez and his father, Martin Sheen, have debuted their new film, "The Way," in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The movie, which focuses on the Way of St. James, is being dubbed "the great film of the Year of St. James."
At the premiere of the film, which will eventually be shown on 150 screens across Spain, Culture Minister of Andalusia Roberto Varela remarked that the movie is "a beautiful story" that perfectly represents what the Way of St. James means. "It exemplifies the physical and exterior journey, but above all the journey of interior transformation," he added.
The film's producer, Julio Rodriguez, said the film will be seen on 150 screens in the country and later in U.S. theaters. He said he hopes the movie will be viewed "all over the world" because of its "universal" appeal.
Rodriguez and Estevez have been pleased with the response to the film especially among young people. Trial screenings in the U.S. drew an average audience of 300-400 people. Estevez said 97 percent of those who screened the film said they would recommend it, and 90 percent said they would like to walk the Way of St. James. "This is about educating Americans about what the Way is," he stated.