Gael García Bernal films modern-day Western in Argentina: “The Ardor”

Director Pablo Fendrik behind the camera.

Director Pablo Fendrik behind the camera.

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey

Variety reported last week of Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Fendrik’s new movie production starring Gael García Bernal and Alice Braga, a “modern tale of survival and revenge” to follow up Fendrik’s Cannes champ Blood Appears (La sangre brota, 2008). The Ardor (El ardor) will be Fendrik’s third film and ostensibly mark his leap into big-budget, wider-audience market. Said producer Gilles Sousa, “We want to follow directors in arthouse films that have potential crossover success”.

The director is calling the film “a personal but action-packed Western”, starring Bernal as an Amazonian shaman who teams up with a tobacco farmer (Braga) to avenge the death of her father.

The film was shot in the jungles of Misiones, Argentina, with production being handled by studios from Argentina, Brazil, France and the US. It’s currently in post-production, and due for release on March 2014.

Variety is calling it “One of the most ambitious movies now coming out of Latin America”. You can read the original article here: http://variety.com/2012/film/news/gael-garcia-bernal-alice-braga-board-the-ardor-1118061586/

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