The Burning. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, No) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in Argentinian director Pablo Fendrik’s tale of unfolding revenge, which is set to open in cinemas on 19 June.
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 premiered in Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival following Fendrik’s previous two films’ selection in Critics’ Week at Cannes: Blood Appears (La Sangre Brota) and The Mugger (El Asaltante). Garcia Bernal also takes an executive producer credit.
THE BURNING is produced by Magma Cine, Participant Media, Canana, Bananeira Filmes, Manny Films, Telefe and Aleph Media. It is a pioneering pan Latin American/US/European co-production, with partners from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, France and USA.