Paraguay and Argentina Won’t Support Bigelow’s New Film (The New York Times)
By DAVE ITZKOFF
Becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director? That was the easy part. Getting her next movie made after that? There’s the challenge.
The governments of Paraguay and Argentina said that they would not cooperate with Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-winning director of “The Hurt Locker,” on her next film project, which will explore the border region shared by those two countries and Brazil, Agence France-Presse reported.
The film, tentatively titled “Triple Frontier,” is set in an area common to those countries that is believed to be a haven for smugglers and the financing of terrorists. Officials from Paraguay and Argentina said they were fearful that Ms. Bigelow’s film could damage tourism in the area.
Enrique Meyer, the tourism minister for Argentina, told Agence France-Presse that his country had discussed the project with his counterpart in Paraguay and the governor of Misiones province in Argentina. “We all agreed that we were deeply indignant when we discovered that this project seeks to negatively portray this region shared by three South American countries,” Mr. Meyer said.
Liz Cramer, the tourism minister of Paraguay, told The Associated Press the film could damage the region’s image and have “a negative economic impact.”