Magazine article Variety

Bardem Takes Up Cause of 'Sanctuary' Eco-Doc

Magazine article Variety

Bardem Takes Up Cause of 'Sanctuary' Eco-Doc

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JAVIER BARDEM WILL star in and produce "Sanctuary." The film is part of the campaign to create the largest protected area on Earth, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

Alvaro Longoria, an award-winning doc filmmaker, will direct.

Javier Bardem will provide a voiceover commentary for the film. Actor Carlos Bardem ("The Zone") also stars. "Sanctuary" is set up at the Bardem brothers' Pinguin Films and Longoria's Morena, one of Spain's most active production houses. Javier and Carlos Bardem and Longoria will produce.

In late January, Javier Bardem dived 900 feet in a two-man submarine from a Greenpeace boat to the Antarctic Ocean seafloor of the Antarctic Peninsula to discover the extraordinarily variegated and colorful Antarctic ocean-bed world of corral and sponges.

"Sanctuary" will capture the dive, and Greenpeace reels of Antarctic seascapes and marine life, plus, Bardem said, a "colloquial, person- to-person" explanation by scientists and marine biologists of this ocean life, which also takes in whales, penguins and krill. …

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