Magazine article Screen International

Mickey Rourke Bio-Doc 'Guapo Siempre' Heads to Cannes with Versatile

Magazine article Screen International

Mickey Rourke Bio-Doc 'Guapo Siempre' Heads to Cannes with Versatile

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Paris-based sales company Versatile has acquired world sales rights to French photographer and director Richard Aujard's bio-doc Guapo Siempre, a portrait of Mickey Rourke's return to the boxing ring in Moscow in 2014.

The film, which is in post-production, follows actor and retired boxer Rourke as he prepares at the age of 62 to take on a fighter half his age in a special boxing exhibition in the Russian capital, after a 20-year absence from the ring.

A few days before the fight, Rourke's beloved dog Guapo dies, plunging the boxer into a mystical state for his comeback fight.

Aujard, who is a long-time acquaintance of Rourke, captures the actor-boxer as he looks back over his life and career.

"The film will be ready for this summer," said Versatile co-chief Pape Boye. "It's very cinematic but one of the things that makes it particularly interesting is that Richard Aujard and Rourke are extremely close. …

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