Buenos Aires Times

culture NEW SERIES COMING THIS MONTH

Brazil's Lava Jato corruption mess heads to Netflix

A new series, The Mechanism, opens on March 23 and is heavily based on the graft scandal shaking Brazil over the last four years, involving the president, ex-presidents, top business executives and the country's state oil company.

Thursday 15 March, 2018
Jose Padilha's new series,
Jose Padilha's new series, "The Mechanism" opens on March 23 and is heavily based on the graft scandal shaking Brazil over the last four years. Foto:NETFLIX

Related News

Brazil's mammoth Lava Jato ("Car Wash") graft scandal will be at the centre of a Netflix series this March by the same director behind another tale of Latin American mega-crime, Narcos.

Jose Padilha's new series, The Mechanism, opens on March 23 and is heavily based on the graft scandal shaking Brazil over the last four years, involving the president, ex-presidents, top business executives and the country's state oil company.

"In Brazil, corruption is part of the logic, of the structure of politics," Padilha told journalists Thursday. "Corruption is the norm. This mechanism has no ideology and exists as much on the left as the right."

The series is mostly set in Brazil in 2013 with a female president, a big oil company called "Petrobrasil" and a vast construction contractor called "Miller & Brecht."

These are thinly veiled references to players at the heart of the real scandal when it first erupted in 2014.

At that time Dilma Rousseff was Brazil's first woman president and investigators with Operation Car Wash realized that executives at the giant construction company Odebrecht were systematically bribing politicians to get juicy contracts with Petrobras state-controlled oil company.

Since then, "Car Wash" has expanded, uncovering a sprawling web of embezzlement from Petrobras and bribery between other companies and a host of political parties. 

Rousseff's mentor, ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has been sentenced to more than 12 years prison for bribe-taking and current President Michel Temer faces his own graft charges.

Padilha won acclaim for his gritty 2007 film Elite Squad, about police battling drug gangs in Rio favelas. He also directed Narcos for Netflix, which tells the saga of Columbia's cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

- AFP

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1Prosecutors request arrest of Techint CEO Paolo RoccaProsecutors request arrest of Techint CEO Paolo Rocca
  2. 2Editorial: Basking in a glow – but only for the weekend
  3. 3River defeat 10-men Boca to clinch Copa Libertadores title in Madrid
  4. 4'Japan wants to support Macri's presidency'
  5. 5Hooligans spoil Argentina’s proud footballing tradition
  6. 6Macri: 'We’ve never had the relationship we have now with the world'
  7. 7Gun rules grieta: Bullrich’s move to empower police sparks controversy
  8. 8Argentina, China sign more than 30 agriculture and investment deals
  9. 9Crown prince welcomed back onto world stage after death of Khashoggi
  10. 10Macri’s post-G20 euphoria