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Marcelo Piñeiro: “Religions have returned as a political weapon, hence Trump and Bolsonaro”

The spectacularization of politics, fake news and populist leaders have given much to talk about in recent years. Now all these themes become the protagonists of one of the summer series, El Reino, a thriller produced by Netflix directed by Argentine director Marcelo Piñeyro and which has brought together great names in cinema and theater from that country.

Chino Darín, Diego Pereti, Mercedes Morán and Joaquín Furriel, are the protagonists of this plot of betrayals, lies and political manipulation. The plot begins like this: a conservative candidate for the Argentine presidency is assassinated at a rally and an extremist religious leader is about to succeed him. In El Reino there is everything that affects Argentine politics and society, but also Spanish, European or American. It is the series that best defines a moment of current tension, while hooking the viewer and not letting go. Marcelo Piñeyro, director of films such as Kamchatka or Plata quemada is the author of this series that has already denounced the Argentine pro-life party.

Claudia Piñeiro and I began to chat and we coincide in the same view of contemporaneity, as the characteristics of the 21st century. We saw that there were two central points, a powerful return to a conservative restoration. On the one hand, this whole issue of posterity and fake news, as if to empty the concepts and words of meaning. And on the other hand, we saw the return of religions as a political weapon, even in this century religious wars have returned, something that we thought had remained in the past. And we saw that the ram of this new church, in the three Americas, were the evangelical churches. Neither Trump nor Bolsonaro would have won without the power of these churches. The truth is that what began as a dystopia has ended up being almost a documentary.

I think the reality is always worse, but I do think that is what has happened, especially in the 70s. There are directions that are provided in each country and region differently but that are clearly like this. Another characteristic of this century is the decline of nation states and the rise of supranational powers that are more difficult to detect.

In Europe I think it does not take the form of the evangelical churches so much, but it arises from another side. They do have that conservative restoration in common. Suddenly we see that things have been normalized that a few years ago we would not even think to justify. The series is fiction, but we try to remove it from the conjunctural political discussion. In Argentina there is no way to make a direct translation of characters and politicians, but there is a way to see the directions that power and the manipulation of society are taking, to such an extent that one goes out to defend things that go against them.

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