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Jonathan Jakubowicz is a Venezuelan filmmaker and writer, whose film Secuestro Express was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards and was a New York Times "Critics' Pick" in 2005. He is Jewish of Polish descent.
Secuestro Express became the nation's biggest box office hit of all time, which enraged then-President Hugo Chavez, whose government opened two trials against Jakubowicz, who was forced to leave Venezuela.
His latest film, Hands of Stone (2016), is about the relationship between Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (played by Édgar Ramírez) and his trainer Ray Arcel (played by Robert De Niro). Hands of Stone premiered in the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and was warmly received with a 15-minute standing ovation. It's the first Latin movie to have a simultaneous wide release in all of Latin America.
Hands of Stone also landed Jakubowicz in political activism when it was invited and then pulled from the official selection of the Havana Film Festival after Jakubowicz made comments denouncing censorship for Cuban filmmakers in the Island.
In 2018, Jakubowicz shot his new movie called " Resistance ". Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Clemence Poesy and others. It tells the story of a group of boys and girls scouts who saved thousands of orphans during the holocaust. One of them was the legendary resistance fighter Georges Loinger, who met with Jakubowicz and helped him with the research of the film, before he passed away on December 28, 2018. Georges Loinger was the first cousin of Marcel Marceau and died at 108 years of age.
In November 2016 Jakubowicz published his first novel Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard and it immediately became a best seller in the Spanish Language market. In Venezuela the book sparked unprecedented success, not only in the record breaking sales but also in the number of public gatherings to read it. One community of fifty thousand people that define themselves as "resistance to the Maduro dictatorship (Resistencia Venezuela hasta los tuétanos)", read the book aloud every night on the encrypted frequency of the app Zello. The book is on its way to become the biggest Best Seller of all time for a Venezuelan author. And it was recently optioned by a Tony winning New York City Playwright in order to turn it into a Broadway Play.
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