Gael Garcia Bernal Stars First Pic

Alice Braga co-stars in rainforest drama

Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga are toplining rainforest drama “El Ardor,” the first feature from the new Participant PanAmerica banner.

Participant Media, Mexico’s Canana, Chile’s Fabula and Colombia’s Dynamo are  partners in Participant PanAmerica, unveiled during Berlin with plans for 10 to 12 features annually.

Producers are Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Natalia Videla Pena and Garcia Bernal.  Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, Canana’s Pablo Cruz and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky are exec producing.

Argentina’s Pablo Fendrik is directing with shooting underway in Argentina. Bernal plays a man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Braga) of a poor farmer killed by mercenaries who seized his property.

Garcia Bernal starred in Participant’s Chilean drama “No.”

“After our terrific experience on ‘No,’ we’re excited to be reuniting with Gael and Canana for our first Participant PanAmerica film and to be expanding our footprint into this important segment of the global marketplace,” Participant CEO JimBerk said in a statement.

Co-producers are Magma Cine (Argentina), Bananeira Filmes (Brazil) and Manny Films (France). Magma’s Argentinian partners are Aleph Media and Telefe Intl. BAC Films is handling international sales outside North America and Latin America, and will introduce the project at Cannes.

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