More Images from Ardor starring Gael García Bernal & Alice Braga


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Working together for the first time since their collaboration in Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, Award-winning actors Gael García Bernal (Babel, Motorcycle Diaries) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend, City of God) star in Ardor, a visually sumptuous adventure about a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinian rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a poor farmer. Written and directed by Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, The Mugger), the film’s magical realism, jungle setting and social context put a fresh, contemporary twist on the western genre.

When fires sweep through the rainforest near their property along the Parana River, a poor tobacco-farming family goes on high alert. The head of the family, João, (Chico Díaz) correctly suspects the fire is a result of slash-and-burn tactics by ruthless land-grabbers intent on acquiring the farm he shares with his lovely daughter, Vânia (Braga), and her partner, Jara (Lautaro Vilo) Help arrives in the form of Kaí (García Bernal), an enigmatic man, bearing indigenous tattoos who comes out of the jungle with the grace of a jaguar.

But the violence of the land-grabbers’ assault catches Kaí and the farm dwellers off guard. In short order, the men shoot Jara and force João to sign over his land just before killing him and kidnapping Vânia. Undetected by the assailants, Kaí goes on the offensive. Using his animal-like abilities, he rescues Vânia, retrieves the bogus bill of sale and thwarts a counter-attack by the now-reinforced band of mercenaries—all without taking a life. But with the hornet’s nest now stirred, Kaí, Vânia and Jara must decide how far they will go to preserve the farm and their vanishing way of life.

Ardor is written and directed by Pablo Fendrik. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga, Claudio Tolcachir, Chico Díaz, Jorge Sesán, Lautaro Vilo and Julián Tello; with cinematograpy by Julián Apezteguía, music by Sebastián Escofet and Julián Gándara.  The film is edited by Leandro Aste. Producers are Participant PanAmerica, Magma Cine and Canana in co-production with Telefe, Bananeira Filmes, Manny Films and Aleph Media, with international sales by BAC Films, Paris.Producers are Gael García Bernal, Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Peña. Executive producers are Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Pablo Cruz, Axel Kuschevatzky. Co-producers are Vânia Catani, Philippe Gompel, Birgit Kemner, Fernando Sokolowicz.


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