In director Juan José Campanella's 2001 film, El Hijo de la Novia (Son of the Bride), Ricardo Darín's character, a short-tempered restaurateur, bluntly tells his actor friend during a heated discussion: "I don't watch Argentine films!" The line draws knowing laughter from Argentines, most of whom don't watch their compatriots' movies, either.
What's most striking at first is the resemblance: a beefy frame and puffy cheeks. Deep-set black eyes. A double chin. In fact, if Sebastián Marroquín grew a mustache, he would be the spitting image of the most famous drug dealer in history: his father, Pablo Escobar.
The Kirchners have reigned supreme as Latin America's most glamorous power couple for six years, but Argentina is turning on them now. Polls show Cristina will likely lose her congressional majority in the June 28 elections, even though her husband and popular predecessor as president, Nestor, is stumping as a lower-house candidate.
Even those who don't like wine can find plenty to do in Mendoza. Local vineyards have created a wealth of special activities and events to coincide with the grape-harvesting season in February and March. The Masters of Food & Wine South America (February 10–15) is a bacchanalian gathering of some of the world's top chefs at the Park Hyatt in Mendoza, who venture out to prepare meals in various vineyards throughout the province. Foodies can mingle with some of the globe's top gastronomic...
Long a haven for the Latin American elite, Punta del Este, Uruguay, has emerged as a major destination for savvy jetsetters—the St-Tropez of South America.
The cobblestone streets of Buenos Aires's historic San Telmo district don't sing only with the seductive sounds of tango music anymore. A local band called Los Alamos plays country-roots rock in rowdy beer bars, featuring the mandolin-picking and harmonica-ripping riffs of former New Jersey high-school teacher Jonah Schwartz. "Nobody here even knows what a mandolin is!" marvels Schwartz, 26.An invasion of foreign artists is transforming Buenos Aires into an emerging international capital of...
The fire that swept through a Buenos Aires textile plant on March 30, killing six Bolivian immigrants, left behind more than wreckage. The victims of the sweatshop blaze had no permits to work in Argentina, and their deaths pushed the government of President Néstor Kirchner to start up an innovative program that encourages illegal immigrants to register with local authorities.
It's not necessarily about you. Global investors would do well to remember that as they watch the unfolding melodrama in Argentina. When quixotic President Nestor Kirchner fired his Finance minister, Roberto Lavagna, last week, the immediate fear from New York to Tokyo was that Kirchner was out to stick it to Argentina's international creditors once again.