PARIS - Pablo Fendrik's "El Ardor," a pioneering Amazon-set Western action adventure, is one of the six films which have been added to Cannes Film Festival's official selection.
"El Ardor," the third feature from Fendrik (Blood Appears"), will play in Special Screenings along with Laurent BÃ©cue-Renard's documentary "Of Men and War," Adilkhan Yerzhanov's "The Owners" and Tony Gatlif's "Geronimo."
French vet helmer Andre Techine's 1976-set "In The Name Of My Daughter" with Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve and AdÃ¨le Haenel will unspool out of the competition, while Hungarian director KornÃ©l MundruczÃ³'s "FehÃ©r Isten" ("White God") will unspool in Un Certain Regard.
Described by MundruczÃ³ as a sentimental adventure film, "White God" turns on a 12-year-old girl who runs away from home to search for her dog. The Match Factory handles international sales on the the Hungarian-German-Swedish coproduction, which marks MundruczÃ³'s sixth film. He's been in Cannes three times, with "Johanna" at Un Certain Regard in 2005 as well as with "Delta" and "Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project" which competed in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
Participant Media's first investment under its Participant PanAmerica initiative, "El Ardor" stars Garcia Bernal as an Amazon rainforest shaman who befriends a tabacco farmer and his beautiful daughter (Braga). When a band of brutal mercenaries slaughter the father and kidnap the daughter, the shaman sets out to rescue her.
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