Paraguay’s government has announced that it will not support Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest reported project, a film about the notorious Triple Border region that the country shares with Argentina and Brazil.
Liz Cramer, the country’s tourism minister, said that the proposed movie by the director of The Hurt Locker would damage the region’s image and have “a negative economic impact.”
Ms Cramer said that she would ask Brazil and Argentina to also oppose the film, which is provisionally titled Triple Frontier.
The Triple Border region is known as a smugglers haven with a large Arab community. US officials have said it is a centre for terrorism financing, a claim denied by the three South American nations.
According to reports last year in the industry magazine Variety, the film will be an “action adventure set in the [region’s] notorious border zone”.
Variety said the film would be directed by Ms Bigelow and scripted by Mark Boal, the American journalist whose dispatches from Iraq were the inspiration for The Hurt Locker, the winner of six Academy Awards in March.
“How much will it cost us to clean up our image [afterwards]?” Ms Cramer said in Ciudad del Este, a rugged border town where security guards armed with shotguns keep watch over hundreds of electronics stores filled with cheap laptops and stereos. “It would be stupid for us to support [the film].”
She added: “We are all furious because it seems like they are lacking ideas, as if there aren’t sufficient themes in the world,” suggesting Ms Bigelow should instead make a film about “the 8,000 executions on the frontier with the United States”.
Enrique Meyer, Argentina’s tourism minister, said the authorities were “deeply indignant when we discovered that this project seeks to negatively portray this region”.
Source: Telegraph 13th May 2010