Director - Fernando León de Aranoa
Script - Fernando León de Aranoa, novel by Virginia Vallejo
Camera - Alex Catalán
Music - Federico Justid
With - Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard
Producers - Miguel Menendez De Zubillaga, Dean Nichols, Javier Bardem, Kalina Kottas
Production - Escobar Films, B2Y EOOD

The life of the notorious and enigmatic Pablo Escobar has been a popular subject for authors, filmmakers, and showrunners. In Spanish filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa's Loving Pablo, based on the book by Escobar's long-time lover Virginia Vallejo, we see the rise and fall of the drug lord from the viewpoint of someone who was involved with him intimately. 
When popular journalist and TV presenter Virginia first meets Pablo, she's enchanted by his charisma, charity work, and the lavish gifts she receives. She doesn't bother to question where the money comes from or at what cost it is earned. Over time, her infatuation is replaced by a terrifying awareness. When Pablo declares war against the Colombian government, initiating a period of unprecedented violence, Virginia's career is ruined and she begins to receive death threats. Her only hope is to collaborate with the Americans in dogged pursuit of Escobar.
Bardem and Cruz give outstanding performances, capturing in all its complexity the couple's volatile relationship. As Virginia's realization of Pablo's cruelty begins to sink in, León's camera pivots from glamorous images to the macabre. Disturbing and thought-provoking, Loving Pablo explores the political climate and corrupt society that allowed Escobar's ascent, while forcing us to question our own fascination with this inscrutable persona.

Diana Sanchez, Toronto International Film Festival


Goya Awards '18 – Nomination for Best Lead Actress (Penélope Cruz), Nomination for Best Lead Actor (Javier Bardem)


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