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The Argentine Armando Bó, who is best known as the co-author of the Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”, has announced his next feature film. And he has at least a direct connection to Charleston via Buenos Aires.

The upcoming project dramatizes the story of long-time Charleston resident Robert Cox, who, together with his wife Maud and their family, spent years in the dangerous crosshairs of the so-called “Dirty War” in Argentina.

As a former editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, Cox boldly and persistently reported on the daily atrocities during the Argentine military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, at a time when all the other newspapers were afraid of the deadliest reprisals.

On March 12, 2021, the Cox family met Michael Steinberger, who was writing the script for a film that was acquired by About Entertainment, the company recently founded by Oscar-winner Armando Bo. Here in the picture: Upper row, Pierre Manigault (from left), Peter Cox, Michael Steinberger, David Cox. Bottom row, Maud Cox (from left) and Robert Cox. Maura Hogan / staff

The newspaper reported on the story after story desaparecido, or the estimated 30,000 Argentine citizens who disappeared by the military and terrorists, marched from their homes at gunpoint in unregistered cars that were often never seen again.

Cox and the English-speaking Herald saved numerous lives by persistently printing their names and circumstances, and putting pressure on the government, which regularly resulted in their release.

Robert and Maud Cox and Bo announced the project at a press conference in Buenos Aires this week.

In La Nacion, Bo is quoted as saying, “It is a great opportunity to tell the younger generations, not just in Argentina, the story of this newspaper and of a great editor who was one of the few who dared in the darkest of times Tell the truth and open this huge box full of secrets. “

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Bo also said he hopes to start filming the film in mid-2022.

The line to Charleston is direct. When Cox was editor of the newspaper, it belonged to the parent company of what is now The Post and Courier, which was bought by Peter Manigault in 1968. In response to death threats in 1979, Robert and Maud Cox and their five children were banished from exile Argentina, eventually ending up in Charleston, where Cox accepted a position as assistant editor of The News and Courier.

Bo will act as director and producer of the film, a project of his new production house About Entertainment, based in Buenos Aires. It has acquired the rights to “Dirty War,” a screenplay written by Michael Steinberger, a writer for the New York Times Magazine.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the award for best screenplay for “Birdman” with Alexander Dinelaris (background from left), Armando Bo and Nicolas Giacobone at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Caliph. File / Paul Drinkwater / NBC via AP

Steinberger’s script was based on the book Dirty Secrets, Dirty War: The Exile of Robert J. Cox, written by David Cox, the son of the Coxes, and published in 2008 by Evening Post Publishing Co., owned by. is the same company as The Post and Courier.

David Cox was a reporter for the Buenos Aires Herald in the 1990s, covering human rights and other stories of conversations with some of the people who committed the atrocities. After being encouraged to write the book by Pierre Manigault, chairman of The Post and Courier’s parent, Cox did so as a chronicle for his family to remember his parents’ heroism after his father couldn’t bring himself to do it to sit down and write it.

“Both my father and mother are very special people and they just made up their minds to be brave and help as many people as they could (as they could),” he said.

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Cox remembered how he and his siblings had seen things as children that 20 or 30 years later did not come to the public. They often heard someone disappearing and their mothers arrived at the Cox Home to seek help finding their children.

Based on the correspondence between Robert Cox and close confidants, the book deals with the fact-based truth, which was heavily suppressed at the time and which David Cox said was still difficult to process for many in the country.

“I felt like it was in some ways my fault that I should try to tell the story as best I could from everything I heard,” he said. “People didn’t want to talk about it. Even then, everyone wanted to remain silent about it. “

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Robert Cox, pictured in Buenos Aires in 2016, is the subject of a new film announced by director Armando Bo, which is scheduled to begin filming in 2022. Provided

The author was moved to grant the rights to Steinberger, who first turned to Robert Cox in 2016. David Cox was forced from his fellow journalist’s perspective on the story and its cautionary story: If horrific acts could happen with such frequency and public tolerance in a wealthy, cultured city like Buenos Aires, they could happen anywhere.

“Some stories are more important than others,” said Steinberger, adding that he and David Cox became good friends as he worked on the script, which is his first. It came into Bo’s hands after Steinberger emailed an international movie focus agent who was quick to respond that she believed she knew someone.

That someone was Bo, who is valued not only on his own but also by the Argentine film royalty, with a paternal grandfather of the same name who was a legendary film director.

According to David Cox, Bo is the ideal person to tell their story, declaring that both he and Steinberger have the right sensibilities to portray what happened in Argentina when his father set out to uncover what was inside you Land passed that was considered civilized and cosmopolitan by the world, and where the most decent people turned out to be torturers.

“Because it can happen differently everywhere, no matter what country, no matter what democracy,” he said.

“It really comes down to telling the truth,” he said. “There is only one truth. People try to say that there are many different truths, but facts are facts. “

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Last March, the Cox family invited Steinberger and others to a pool at their West Ashley home and toasted it asado, with David Cox grilling a South American barbecue to celebrate the project. The event was his first face-to-face meeting with the scriptwriter in five years of communication.

Bo held a conference call with his team and talked about the importance of the project to him.

“This is a great opportunity for me to change the subject, to do something that is much more real and powerful,” he said, adding that he felt mature enough and ready as an artist. “I feel like the moment is right.”

He also emphasized his deep intention to honor both the family and their history. “Their experience is so strong that, in some ways, our biggest pressure is to be the best,” he said, noting that a high level of production should be achieved and that experience should be implemented as accurately as possible given the mandates of filmmaking.

Robert Cox interfered. “You just have to get to the truth beyond the truths,” he said, reflecting on his chosen field that plays such an important role in this truth-driven project that sheds more light on a nation’s dark days. “That’s why you work in journalism.”


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