name = Fuckland
caption = Screenshot of Fabián Stratas
director = José Luis Márques
producer = Executive Producer:
writer = José Luis Márques
starring = Fabián Stratas
music = Sergio Figueroa
cinematography = Alejandro Hartman
José Luis Marquès
editing = Pipo Bonamino
September 21 2000
runtime = 87 minutes
language = Spanish
amg_id = 1:232894
imdb_id = 0270957
"Fuckland" (2000) is an Argentine
comedy-drama film. It was written and directed by José Luis Márques. The picture was executive produced by Diego Dubcovsky, and produced by Edi Flehner and Mariano Suez. [imdb title|id=0270957|title=Fuckland]
The film was shot on
digital videoand is the first Latin American film to follow the "avant garde" Dogme 95movement minimalist guidelines.
The film takes place decades after the
Falklands Warbetween Argentina and the United Kingdomfor the control of the Falkland Islandsin the South Atlantic Ocean.
The film tells of Fabián Stratas, a magician from
Buenos Aires, who saves his money from weddings, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs, and uses a hidden camera to document a week-long trip to the Falkland Islands, (or "Fuckland", as he calls them), where he has an ingenious Argentine patriotic plan: to impregnate a Falklander woman.
Stratas has a theory: if only 500 Argentines did the same each year, the islands would soon be overrun with half-Argentines, and he would be the head of a "sexual invasion." Brilliant idea, he thinks.
He spends his first couple of days on the island doing reconnaissance, and soon sets his eyes on Camila Heaney, whom he first saw in church.
He chats her up at an Internet café and then they go out for drinks, which is followed by dinner. They also take a field trip to the see the King penguins and the 1982 battlefield.
Heaney gets the last word, denouncing him for the shallow Argentine he is.
The picture was recorded illegally in the
Falkland Islandsin 1999, and was made without the permission of the local government.
The film features only seven professional actors. They improvised their scenes with local residents, who were not made aware that they were taking part in the production of a feature film.
Actress Camilla Heaney was not told of Stratas' motivations for their romance before their scenes were shot. [ [http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=232894 Deming, Mark] . "
Allmovie," via the " New York Times".]
The picture did break a few of the Dogme 95 guidelines: the use of music and the directorial credit given to José Luis Marques.
The film was filmed on location in
Stanley, Falkland Islands.
* Fabián Stratas
* Camilla Heaney
The producers used the following taglines to market the film::A clandestine movie. :Una película clandestina sp icon.
The film opened wide in Argentina on
September 21, 2000.
The film was presented at various film festivals, including: the
London Film Festival, London, England; the Jeonju Film Festival, South Korea; the Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia; the Flanders International Film Festival, Belgium; and the Sundance Film Festival, Utah in 2001.
The film was hit hard by critics. While some called it subversive and libelous, others like critic Christopher Null thought it boring. He wrote, "While a few of our hero's 'smooth moves' are mildly entertaining, most of the film is filled with the monotony of his daily rituals. He does a few magic tricks, gets a haircut, brushes his teeth, takes a piss. Some of this is in focus. "Fuckland" indeed." [ [http://filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/2a460f93626cd4678625624c007f2b46/84d9531efd2dc76188256b5a001e5cff?OpenDocument Null, Christopher] . "FilmCritic," 2002.]
Village Voice's" Amy Taubin thought the film was not noteworthy on any level, writing, "Fuckland" is less interesting for its adherence to the Dogme rules than as a failed attempt at director José Luis Márques's project of 'Real Fiction Filmmaking'...Unfortunately, the fictional premise of "Fuckland" is so absurd, it doomed the enterprise from the start." [ [http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0117,taubin,24122,20.html Taubin, Amy] . "The Village Voice," "Argentina’s Criminal Lovers," April 23, 2001.]
* [http://www.cinenacional.com/peliculas/index.php?pelicula=2273 "Fuckland"] at
* [http://www.cineismo.com/criticas/fuckland.htm "Fuckland"] review at "Cineismo" by Guillermo Ravaschino sp icon
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