As a massive publicity campaign gathered momentum in Argentina for the launch (on Thursday September 21st) of a secretly shot film about the Falkland Islands, it is now receiving more media coverage in the United Kingdom.
After earlier articles in the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, the Guardian's Arts Section has carried a two-page feature complete with pictures, written by Chris Moss, headlined "Falklands Girls are Easy", with a sub-heading: "At least that's what a new film from Argentina suggests. No wonder the islanders are furious".
The latest article in the United Kingdom coincides with a rash of posters all over Buenos Aires promoting the film, accompanied by a spate of articles, as much as four-pages long in Argentine newspapers and magazines, and radio and television coverage. The climate was further activated by the running out in just a few hours of a limited and numbered Spanish edition of 2.000 copies of a brief book, with the same title, "Fuckland", and a rather surrealistic presentation, where the Argentine producer tells the story of the filming in the Islands. Each book sold for 22 Argentine pesos equivalent to 22 dollars.
In Britain unlike previous articles, the Guardian has no qualms about publishing the film's title, "Fuckland", which echoes its theme. The Guardian describes it as having a simple plot. "Since Argentina can't get the islands back by force or persuasion -- as tried by ex-President Menem's foreign minister, Guido di Tella -- Fabian Stratas (the film's principal character) has gone to inseminate the local females with Argentine genes. In a rare attempt at humour, the Economist (Magazine) once suggested sending Argentine women to the islands to out-breed the locals.
"The film's author, Jose Luis Marques, sees his film as more Argentine, a study of penetrative conquest. ?The film is about the Argentine desire to make conquests with no sense of morality', he says. "Throughout their continent, Argentines are viewed as the most arrogant of Latin Americans. The criticism is familiar but, according to Marques, it has never been analysed in depth. ?I've always wanted to make a self-critical film', he says. ?Fabian's mission is the lowest possible. He's a typical Argentine abroad, the kind that makes you feel ashamed. But he's not just a smartarse on holiday. He's immoral'.....
The Guardian article continues: "The Fuckland team play down the political dimensions of the film. At