Thursday, June 07, 2007

Las Malvinas / The Falklands

With the 25th anniversary of the Falklands / Malvinas war, there's been a plethora of rekindled interest.
Illuminados por el Fuego won best film at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival. It was pipped to the post at the uber-prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival (much to the audience's dismay, apparently).

Next in line for cinematic recreation are Pacino and Streep, to play Galtieri and Thatcher, respectively...;-) The film 'The Iron Lady' will focus on the 14 days prior to the invasion. Pathe and the BBC agreed to fund it after the recent success of 'The Queen'.

Unsurprisingly, interest in the war is much stronger in Argentina than in Britain. Buenos Aires is full of photographic exhibitions exploring the war and a spate of documentaries have been
recently broadcast.

Conversely, a quick poll in the UK revealed many people thought the Falklands were in Scotland....

That said, there has been much sharing of experiences between the two countries in remembrance of a war that should never have happened.

April 2nd, Buenos Aires, 25 years later.