Film is about Chinese pyromaniac

Argentine director Pablo Fendrik, whose “Blood Appears” played in Cannes’ Critics’ Week on Sunday, is preparing a feature film about a Chinese pyromaniac.

Currently at script stage, “El Ardor” is based on the true tale of a Chinese man who set fire to Buenos Aires shops with Molotov cocktails in 2005.

“The action is focused on the night he is captured by the police after setting fire to two shops,” Fendrik said.

“It is a project of more magnitude than the previous ones,” he added. “I want to develop as a good teller of powerful stories.”

He is in talks with a Chinese actor for the lead.

“We are interested in bringing on a partner from Asia,” said Fendrik, who will produce under his Buenos Aires banner Magma Cine, which he runs with Juan Pablo Gugliotta. The outfit is in talks with possible co-producers in France, Germany and Spain.

Fendrik will continue writing the script after Cannes.

This will be his third feature, all under Magma Cine. They teamed with Paris-based Acrobates Films and Neue Cameo Film of Cologne, Germany on “Blood Appears,” the story of a father who must raise a heap of cash within hours to bail out his son even as another son tries to rob him for a drug-dealing venture.

Fendrik’s first feature was crime tale “El asaltante” (The Mugger), which screened in the 2007 Cannes Critics’ Week.

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