I’ve had more than one conversation with Kazakhs who have point blank refused to believe Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat was anything other than a cruel and baseless their country. To my eye, the film’s satire and irony is more than obvious, but it doesn’t seem to have translated very well.
Kazakh director Erkin Rakishev is planning an inverse Borat, a film in which an “American fan of Mr. Cohen’s movie, which is banned in Kazakhstan, travels there and finds a prosperous and modern state”. Arts Beat report that the film will be called My Brother, Borat. I imagine the lawyers at Universal pictures will just let that one go.
Now… let’s see a response to Bruno, shall we?
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