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Home > Screenings > ZDF Studios > Boundless - Magellan's and Elcano's Journey to the edge of the Earth

Director: Simon West

Producer: Mono Films in coproduction with Fulwell 73 Productions, in association with RTVE, in collaboration with Prime Video, in cooperation with ZDF Studios

Writer: Patxi Amezcua

Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Álvaro Morte

Genres: Drama

6 x 45’ UHD

After being rejected by his sovereign, the King of Portugal, to finance an expedition to the mythical Spice Islands in pursuit of priceless spices, explorer Ferdinand Magellan (Rodrigo Santoro) successfully convinces the Spanish Crown to fund the mission that will take an unknown and unexplored ocean route west.

Setting sail 500 years ago with 5 Spanish ships and a crew of 265 men, including naval commander and former prisoner Juan Sebastián Elcano (Álvaro Morte), Magellan‘s perilous journey would face attempted sabotage by the Portuguese, as well as a hostile and suspicious Spanish factions. An adventure coming at the price of unimaginable suffering; starvation, death and punishing weather, would lead sailors to mutiny after a year at sea until finally finding what is now called the Strait of Magellan. Facing a critical junction that would dramatically alter the expedition‘s leadership after reaching the Philippines, captain and crew would have to battle the indigenous Mactan tribes, resulting in disastrous losses before it could continue on its journey.

Emergent as former anti-hero, Elcano, not Magellan would lead the expedition to glory, returning 3 years later with only 18 survivors and a hull full of spices, as Captain of the greatest navigational triumph. This odyssey’s legacy in traveling to the Earth’s unknown ends would change man’s perceptions of the world, establishing that it was, indeed, round, and the existence of an ocean route west.
Directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) (producer of Oscar-nominated Black Hawk Down), Boundless, a six-part event series, features high production values shot in magnificent locales, including the Dominican Republic, Basque Country, Madrid and Seville.

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