Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Jonathan Jakubowicz completed in 2016 the epic movie about the legendary boxer Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran starring Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades, John Turturro and Usher.
Hands of Stone was Written, Directed and Produced by Jakubowicz through his Company Epicentral Studios, which he owns with his wife and Producing Partner Claudine Jakubowicz. Hands of Stone will have it's world premier on May 16th as part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and will be released by The Weinstein Company in the United States in 2600 screens on August 26th , making it the widest release in history for a Latin movie.
Jakubowicz jumped to international recognition in 2005 after he wrote, directed and produced Secuestro Express; the frightening story of one young couple's ordeal as they career through the underbelly of Caracas in the hands of three thugs who've made them their latest payday. The thriller became Venezuela's highest-grossing film, eclipsing such movies as "Titanic" and "The Passion of the Christ."