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Tiff 2015’s tv-focused Primetime Programme lineup announced

14 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The rise in critical acclaim for television shows over the years has been well-documented, with a corresponding rise in interest among viewers to discuss and analyse television the way films are at festivals. While festivals dedicated to television shows, such as Atx and PaleyFest, are on the rise, film festivals still outweigh them.

For its 2015 incarnation, however, the Toronto International Film Festival will be doing something unique, beginning a programme dedicated to television. Titled the Primetime Programme, the section of the festival will conduct screenings and Q&A sessions just like the films that play at Tiff, focusing on specific episodes of shows instead. The lineup for the inagural Primetime programme has now been announced, and can be seen below.

Casual Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2, created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman, making its World Premiere

Festival favourite Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this wonderfully endearing »

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

13 August 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo »

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

13 August 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo »

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Win: The Burning On Blu Ray

11 August 2015 3:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Arrow Films

To celebrate the release of The Burning, available now on Blu Ray and DVD, we are giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy.

Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in this tale of unfolding revenge.

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.

Part love story, part western, Fendrik turns this latter genre on its head as so-called civilisation becomes a destructive force over both the rich jungle setting and the communities living within it. »

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DVD Review: 'The Burning'

11 August 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ A small farmstead is beset by a gang of ruthless mercenaries attempting to coerce the inhabitants from their land until a mysterious loner arrives to put an end to the injustice. Clearly modelled on a familiar western narrative, Pablo Fendrik's The Burning (2014) both embraces and playfully inverts the tropes that define its genre classification. The spirit of Leone or Ford may hang potently in the air, but it is the spirits of the Argentinian rainforest locale that preside over any narrative and thematic concerns. The characters aptly teeter on the edge of both physical and moral wilderness, but the landscape in question here is not the arid desert at all, but a dense, sweltering jungle.

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Blu-ray Review – The Burning (2014)

10 August 2015 1:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Burning (El Ardor), 2014.

Directed by Pablo Fendrik.

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga, Chico Diaz, Claudio Tolcachir, Jorge Sesan, Ivan Steinhardt, Julian Tello and Lautaro Vilo.

Synopsis:

A mysterious man emerges from the Argentinian rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.

Part eco-thriller, part revenge western, The Burning is a Spanish-language Argentinian production bristling with both ambition and unflinching worthiness. Unfortunately, the plot itself never really catches alight, and a presentation of clichéd characters and one-trick motivations does little to inspire.

Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel) plays the mysterious stranger (never addressed, but named in the credits as ‘Kai’ ) conjured up to assist a family of farmers plagued by miscreant land-grabbers.  This trio of fundamentally bad men won’t take no for an answer, and prove it in extreme violence.

While Kai knows that they’re on their way, »

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Watch an exclusive clip from ‘The Burning’

7 August 2015 5:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Arrow Films has just provided The Hollywood News with an exclusive clip from The Burning, which arrives on the home formats in the UK on Monday 10 August, 2015. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal in a film that premiered in Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Here’s a little more about it.

Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in this tale of unfolding revenge.

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.

Check out our exclusive clip below. »

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Win The Burning on Blu-ray

3 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Burning on 10th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries)

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'Neruda' shoot underway in Chile

23 July 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Participant Media has officially confirmed that Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to No, currently shooting in Chile and starring Gael García Bernal, is the second title under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.

The film reunites Participant, Larrain and Bernal following their collaboration on No, which marked Participant’s first foray into foreign-language film and earned an Oscar nomination in 2013.

No inspired Participant to launch Participant PanAmerica in 2013 with three Latin American production powerhouses: Chile’s Fabula, Colombia’s Dynamo and Mexico’s Canana. The first film to emerge from the venture was Ardor, Pablo Fendrik’s Argentina-set Western that screened in Cannes 2014.

The 1940s-set Neruda (see first-look pictures) stars Chile’s Luis Gnecco in the title role as Chile’s dissident Nobel prize-winning poet and Bernal as the police inspector tasked with hunting him down. Mercedes Moran plays Neruda’s wife, Delia del Carril.

Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon wrote Neruda, which is set up as an international co-production between »

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First Production Stills From Pablo Larrain’s ‘Neruda,’ With Gael Garcia Bernal (Exclusive)

23 July 2015 12:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety has had exclusive access to the first stills from the set of Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” one of the biggest movies coming out of Latin America.

Now shooting on location in Chile, “Neruda” reunites Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media with “No” director Larrain and star Gael Garcia Bernal. It is also the next film under the Participant PanAmerica initiative.

An international co-production between Chile’s Fabula, France’s Funny Balloons and Reborn Productions, Spain’s Setembro Cine and Argentina’s Az Films, “Neruda” is co-financed by Participant Media, which has also acquired North American rights.

Twentieth Century Fox will distribute “Neruda” in Chile. It will premiere in the winter of 2016.

A portrait of the makings of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda as a man, artist, legend and political renegade, “Neruda” is set between 1946 and 1948 as the Cold War kicks in hard. Neruda – played by Luis Gnecco (HBO »

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Ardor Review

20 July 2015 2:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ardor may be an Argentinian thriller about wretched land-grabbers, but it’s hard to ignore the heavy “gunslinging West” influences scattered throughout filmmaker Pablo Fendrik’s eco-political PSA. Its structure is built on one single event, as Fendrik stretches out a family’s homeland defense story into an entire feature film (running at a questionable hour and forty minutes). Men are slain, shootouts are had, and blood is spilled in the name of property, but the film’s anti-stealing message is lost somewhere in a rogue warrior’s attempt to ward off menacing jungle criminals (in a less-efficient-Rambo kind of way). I’m sure that land-poaching is a huge problem in lawless thickets of foliage, but this is more about a slow-burn spectacle than it is environmental causes.

Gael García Bernal plays Kaí, a stranger who shows up at Vania’s (Alice Braga) residence shortly before a group of thugs »

- Matt Donato

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On Demand DVD New Releases July 13-19

13 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases July 13-19 Ardor Gael Garcia Bernal portrays a mysterious hero who emerges from the Argentinian rainforest to rescue a young woman and her family farm from brutal land grabbers. Also stars Alice Braga (R, 1:40) 7/17 Available same day as theatrical release. Spanish, subtitled in English. Clouds of Sils Maria (pictured) A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz (R, 2:04)  7/14 Dior and I A … Continue reading →

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Canana, O Som e a Furia, Knm Board ‘Zama’ (Exclusive)

8 July 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Completing one of the biggest Latin America- U.S.-Europe co-productions in history, Canana, the Mexico-l.A.-based production house of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, has boarded Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” one of Latin America’s most awaited and most ambitious movies.

Further – and final – co-producers are Luis Urbano’s O Som e a Furia in Lisbon and Michel Merkt’s Knm.

A partner with Im Global in Mundial, a pioneering Latin America sales company, and with Participant Media in Participant PanAmerica, beyond its own lead productions – “Miss Bala,” “Cesar Chavez,” Cannes 2015 Un Certain Regard player “The Chosen Ones” — Canana has been a key driver of first moves to create a pan-regional Latin American film industry, co-producing milestone recent Latin American co-productions such as Pablo Larrain’s “No” and Pablo Fendrik’s “Ardor.”

“We are thrilled to join such a group of colleagues — all admired »

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Watch The Trailer for Ardor Starring Gael García Bernal And Alice Braga

30 June 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Working together for the first time since their collaboration in Fernando MeirellesBlindness, 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 »

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UK poster and trailer for The Burning starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga

22 May 2015 12:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, a UK poster and trailer have arrived online for Pablo Fendrik’s acclaimed revenge thriller The Burning, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, No) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium); check them out here…

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.

Part love story, part western, Fendrik turns this latter genre on its head as so-called civilisation becomes a destructive force over both the rich jungle setting and the communities living within it.

The Burning opens in the UK on June 19th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Watch: Gael García Bernal Gets Dangerous In Trailer For 'The Burning'

21 May 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Gael García Bernal gets dangerous in the newest trailer for his upcoming Argentinian revenge thriller “The Burning,” which you might already know as "El Ardor." Written and directed by Pablo Fendrik (“Blood Appears,” “The Mugger”), “The Burning” stars Bernal as a mysterious stranger who emerges from the rainforest to help save Vania (Alice Braga) after her father is murdered and her family farm stolen. “The Burning” debuted at Cannes last year and finds Bernal hurling bamboo spears, firing guns and hacking his enemies with machetes. Clearly this is one of the most viscerally aggressive roles the actor has taken on in his career. The trailer itself hints at Fendrik’s aesthetic sensibility. He uses the natural landscape, as well as smoke, costumes and camera angles to obscure a lot of the visuals. It’s an interesting choice, especially given the subject matter (crazed, animalistic, discombobulating fighting), and could very well promise a visually inspired film. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Exclusive Trailer For Gael García Bernal's The Burning

19 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Burning is a thriller that subverts the old maxim about revenge being a dish best served cold. Judging by this new poster and trailer, it'll be flame-grilled and served using a big old machete in the new Gael García Bernal vengeance movie.brightcove.createExperiences();Bernal plays Kai, a near-mythical figure who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest looking to snatch back the grieving Vania (Elysium's Alice Braga) from the mercenaries who have kidnapped her. They’ve already killed her dad, a poor farmer, and now they’ve come for her. But while Kai still has breath and a bloody great cleaver, they’ll be given some good reasons to think again.This one looks like combining the political edge of South America’s Cinema Novo with a classic Western yarn, lit up with the trippy visuals of an Apocalypse Now. We may never see Bernal’s Zorro, so this could »

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Cannes: France’s Arp Acquires Canana’s ‘Chosen’ (Exclusive)

20 April 2015 12:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taking off the table the only Spanish-language title confirmed to date for Cannes, Arp Selection, one of France’s premier arthouse distributors, has acquired French rights to David Pablos’ “The Chosen Ones” (“Las Elegidas”).

One of 14 Un Certain Regard titles unveiled last Thursday by Thierry Fremaux, “Chosen” is lead-produced by top Mexican production house Canana, founded by Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, whose credits include Gerardo Naranjo’s “Miss Bala,” Cary Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” and the Luna-directed “Abel” and “Cesar Chavez.”

“The Chosen Ones” is co-produced by Paris-based Manny Films, founded by Philippe Gompel, which also co-produced Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor” with Argentina’s Magma Cine, Canana and Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes.

A joint venture of Im Global and Canana, Mundial will handle worldwide sales.

Produced by Cruz and a love story with thriller elements and ethical dilemmas, “The Chosen Ones” turns on 15-year-old, Ulises, »

- John Hopewell

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Watch: Gael García Bernal in Argentinean Thriller 'El Ardor' Trailer

14 April 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We must defend ourselves." Another foreign film that definitely seems worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of actor Gael García Bernal. Participant Media has debuted a Us trailer for the upcoming summer release of Ardor, originally El Ardor, a film starring Bernal as a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his land. The film earned mostly positive reviews at festivals last year, like this one from THR, and looks like a solid action thriller described by another critic as a "machete Western". This actually looks pretty damn good, with solid action and cinematography, I'm interested in seeing it soon. Here's the official Us trailer for Pablo Fendrik's El Ardor, in high def on Apple (via The Film Stage): When fires sweep through the rainforest near their property along the Parana River, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Gael García Bernal Gets Violent In Trailer For 'Ardor'

14 April 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Gael García Bernal takes an uncharacteristically violent turn in Pablo Fendrik’s new film. Set in the Argentinian rainforest, “Ardor” (aka “El Ardor”) follows Bernal as Kaí, a mysterious man who emerges from the jungle to exact revenge for a farmer murdered by land-grabbing mercenaries and rescue his kidnapped daughter. The film is being touted as a Latin American Western and purportedly employs some pretty gruesome violence. “Ardor” debuted at Cannes last May, and though it has screened at a handful of international festivals since, news of the film has been relatively sparse over the past 10 months. At long last, however, an official trailer for the picture has made its way online. The film was shot on location in Argentina, and from the looks of the trailer, it promises some pretty scenery, at the very least. (Early response to the film at Cannes was unfortunately short on praise.) “Ardor” marks »

- Zach Hollwedel

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