The Catalan who murdered Trotsky
El elegido (The Chosen) is a new spy thriller based on the true story of Catalan Communist Ramon Mercader who was recruited by the Soviets to kill Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1940
Attracted by crime movies and sordid atmospheres, which he portrayed so well in films such as Manila, Susanna and Volverás, Antonio Chavarrías has written and directed the story of an episode that has become part of 20th-century history: the assassination of Trotsky by the Catalan Communist Ramon Mercader in August, 1940. Mexican actor Alfonso Herrera plays Mercader in an ambitious international production, shot in English. There was no need to add much to the script: the real story is already a genuine spy thriller in itself.
Clash of ideologies
An international coproduction filmed in English, The Chosen (originally El elegido), was written and directed by Antonio Chavarrías. It tells the true story of the murder of Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky by Catalan Communist, Ramon Mercader. Starring Hannah Murray, Alfonso Herrera (as Mercader), Julian Sands and Henry Goodman (as Trotsky), the film was shot in Mexico and Barcelona. On its release last month, El Periódico described it as “an entertaining film with pace, which also has some tough moments.”