The Matador

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The Matador is the epic tale of David Fandila's quest to become the world’s top-ranked bullfighter. Heart-wrenching setbacks and thrilling successes dramatize 'El Fandi's' three-year journey across Spain and Latin America and into the pages of bullfighting history. More than one man’s quest for greatness, The Matador is a story of love - of a son for his family, of audiences for their heroes, of a people for their cultural traditions, and of the bullfighter’s paradoxical love for the majestic beast that he must kill to create his art. As David struggles to achieve his place in the pantheon of Spain's greatest bullfighters, he is confronted by those who question the place of this ancient and brutal ritual in the modern world.


Lluis Agusti
Veronica Canete
David Fandila
Trini Fandila
Juan Fandila
Juan Alvaro Fandila
Elvira Lindo
Eduardo Lago
Santiago Lopez
Antonio Matilla
Jose Antonio del Moral


Directors: Stephen Higgins and Nina Gilden Seavey
Producers: Nina Gilden Seavey, Stephen Higgins
Directors of Photography: Christopher Jenkins and James Morton-Haworth
Editor: Ian Rummer
Composer: John Califra


New York Times Critics’ Pick, 2010
Emmy nomination for Best Original Score, 2010
Winner, Cine Golden Eagle, Best Independent Documentary, 2011
Special Jury Award, Best Independent Documentary, Cine Awards, 2012

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Digital Download - Netflix, Amazon InstantView
Theatrical Distribution - City Lights Pictures
Blu Ray and DVD Purchase - Warner Brothers Entertainment


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