Before heading stateside to join Ridley Scott's star-studded "The Counselor," Javier Bardem is set to add another sinister portrayal to his resume, taking on the supporting role of a neo-Nazi in an adaptation of his brother, Carlos Bardem's novel "Alacrán Enamorado," roughly translated as "Scorpion In Love."
To be helmed by African-Spanish helmer Santiago Zannou ("The One-Handed Trick") from a screenplay adapted by Carlos Bardem himself, the film is rooted in urban multicultural Spain today and centers on the "Romeo & Juliet"-esque tale of a young neo-Nazi nicknamed the 'Scorpion' (Alex Gonzalez) who falls for a Latin American immigrant (Judith Diakhate). Zannou — a director who specializes in tales of immigration, new urban tribes and identity conflicts — describes the film as "a fable that shows that love and trust can save us from the path to auto-desctruction." Here's an extended synopsis:
Julián is a young, angry Neo-Nazi. Despite being poisoned by hate, there is nobility in his soul. He will discover it in a boxing gym thanks to Carlomonte, an alcoholic and a former boxer who once had it all but lost it. In the gym, Julián will learn to fight with rules. He will slowly empty himself of hate, and learn to love when he meets Alyssa, a young immigrant. Julián will have to take an important decision when his former colleagues put him to the test.
Bardem plays Solis, the group's idealogue with former boxer Rudo Hovic as the gym's owner and Miguel Angel Sikvestre as the lead's friend. Carlos Bardem will also feature as boxing trainer Carlomonte. Wild Bunch are looking after the film's sales internationally with an eye on an appearance at Cannes in 2013. [Cineuropa/Twitch]