Leaking classified government information isn’t exactly a laughing matter, but filmmaker Bernardo Britto found the humor in it! He discussed his Sundance film, ‘Jacqueline Argentine,’ and how Edward Snowden inspired the mockumentary. Watch the interview here!
Amidst all of the serious themes that Sundance Film Festival pieces can cover, Bernardo Britto decided to take an intense topic and make it funny. Jacqueline Argentine, Bernardo’s contribution to this year’s Sundance, alludes to the crazy situation that Edward Snowden created when he leaked confidential government info in 2013, but takes a totally different approach using humor — and a girl! See Bernardo and the film’s star, Camille Rutherford, talk about it here!
Jacqueline, played by Camille, is a young French woman who runs away to Argentina after she claims to leak government secrets, similar to what Edward did. But while Jacqueline is hiding out, she brings along a filmmaker to document her experience as authorities hunt for her. Sure, Edward’s situation made major headlines, but how does one think it could be made into a comedy?!
“The idea came from a couple of different places. I had stayed at this Holistic center in Argentina where most of the movie takes place and I thought it was super weird,” Bernardo explains. “Then I also met Camille at a film festival and I was like ‘I want to write something for her, she’s awesome.’ Then I found out Edward Snowden was 29 and I was like ‘He’s just some dude.’ That’s kind of all how it came together.”
What an interesting concept! Clearly Bernardo has a creative mind that allows for quite the spin on even the most serious issues. Heck, he admitted that there’s even a fart joke in the film! We have to think Edward probably isn’t a fan of those — or a film that mocks his , for that matter — but the hilarity definitely intrigues us!
What do you think of the premise of Jacqueline Argentine, HollywoodLifers? Is it the type of movie you’d want to see? Tell us below!