Film Director Kathryn Bigelow, showed that she is stranger to the treatment of difficult cinematic subject in her 2009, Oscar-Winning Film about Iraq, ‘The Hurt Locker.’ Bigelow earned six Oscars for the film, along with otherwise respectable critical rapport.
In 2009, she and screenwriter Mark Boal announced the production of their next film, ‘Triple Frontier.‘ Bigelow says the movie is set at the border shared by Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers intersect, thus making the terrain geographically difficult to police. Because of this, the ‘Triple Frontier’ has become a natural and violent locus for organized crime.
Though the film is still being constructed, Argentina and Paraguay are already raising objections to the completion and release of the expectedly controversial film. Liz Cramer, Paraguay’s Minister of Tourism, remarked to La Nacion that the film would receive “no support” from the Paraguayan government, and wondered, frustrated, “How long will it cost us to clean up our image [afterwards]?”
Equally flustered, Enrique Meyer, Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, repeated a similar sentiment, stating that, “We were deeply indignant when we discovered that this project seeks to negatively portray this region shared by three South American countries.”
Brazil, on the other hand, is more receptive to the film, but this may also be due to the more stable economic position it holds, as it is therefore less threatened by the impact a movie might have on its tourism revenue.
Like every complicated problem, the issue with Bigelow and her film are profuse. When is a movie just a movie, and when does art cross the line into politics, like Matteo Garrone’s 2008 multi-layered film about organized crime about Italy, Gomorrah, whose original author is still under police protection. But still, one must wonder, Godzilla has never stopped anyone from visiting Tokyo…