Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – is a movie scheduled for public release on November 1, 2006 in Belgium, November 2, 2006 in the United Kingdom and Germany, and November 3, 2006 in the United States, Serbia and Canada starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles. The movie is a mockumentary comedy featuring Cohen's character Borat.
The film involves Borat leaving his home in Kazakhstan to come to the United States and record a documentary at the behest of the Kazakh Ministry of Information. He leaves behind his mother, wife and the town rapist, bringing along his obese producer Azamat. While in America he watches an episode of Baywatch and falls in love with Pamela Anderson, so he buys a dilapidated ice cream truck and drives (he does not wish to fly as he believes 9/11 was the work of Jews) from New York to Los Angeles to have her vagin and make her his wife. Through the course of his trip he interviews people from across the country. Most of the movie is not staged; rather, Cohen, in character as Borat, interviews and interacts with people who do not know they are being filmed for a movie (they later sign releases allowing the footage to be used). In one scene Borat goes into a gun shop and asks the man behind the counter: "Which gun would be best to shoot the Jews?" The man recommends to Borat a 9mm handgun without flinching. Some other comedic highlights include a naked wrestling match between Borat and Azamat which spills over into a crowded business seminar, and Borat's appearance on a crowded beach wearing only a tiny green wrestling thong which stretches from his crotch over his shoulders. Also throwing a decorative bag over Pamela Anderson's head to try to capture her to marry her. For the movie, Borat made a song called "You, Be My Wife" with spectacular and bizarre Croatian keytar player Belinda.
The film had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 7, 2006. In Toronto, the projector broke after only about 20 minutes of the film, and then Michael Moore answered questions from the crowd. In a stunt the character Borat and his donkey had arrived at the premiere in a carriage drawn by six peasant women; he explained that there had been two more but they had escaped in Bulgaria. The film was rescheduled for the following day and drew a capacity crowd at the larger Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre.
The film was recently given a sneak preview at the 2006 Traverse City Film Festival, co-founded by Oscar-winner Michael Moore, due to the long friendship between Moore and Larry Charles. It was the only film in the lineup that was a true premiere, as all other screened films had already hit the festival circuit in other places.
The film was also screened at the Haifa Film Festival on October 13, 2006, drawing a large crowd and at the Finnish Rakkautta & Anarkiaa Film Festival.
The film was given a sneak preview at the 2006 Comic Con International in San Diego, California on July 21, 2006. To get in, one had to present a very crude ticket printed on cardboard that was passed out to people from the ice cream truck Borat drives in the film. The film was shown at Pacific Theaters in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
The film was also featured as part of the Myspace Black Carpet premier promotion. On September 20, 2006 the film was screened in twenty-five cities across the globe, with Borat making a surprise appearance at one of the screening locations. The screening was free to Myspace members and Borat made his appearance at the San Francisco screening.
The film also featured as part of the SeeFilmFirst campaign in the United Kingdom. This meant that at select Odeon cinemas up and down the UK, with a printed off ticket for one or two persons they could walk into the cinema and see an exclusive preview at 6.30 pm on 10th October 2006. There were also previews in various cinemas across the UK at 6.30 pm on October 24 and October 25, 2006. These tickets were allocated in advance and are not widely known to the general public. Considering the huge publicity, the screenings were largely empty.
Similarly, the film was screened in the Paramount Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand on October 10, 2006. Photocopied tickets were distributed publicly throughout the afternoon and a packed theatre watched an exclusive screening at 8:30pm.
The film was also shown on September 29, 2006, to an audience in a Washington, D.C. theater. Borat announced the screening the day before when he had attempted to visit the White House and Embassy of Kazakhstan. Although the screening was meant for "Premier George Walker Bush," fans who scrambled to Borat's MySpace site and printed a copy of the invitation were allowed into the screening. Actor Ken Davitian, who played Borat's producer and sidekick Azamat in the film, was present at the screening in character.
Several scenes that were removed from the final cut of the movie were released onto YouTube in late September. These scenes involve Borat singing a traditional Kazakhstani prayer, a scene where he tries to adopt a dog (with interesting results), a scene where he and Azmat are pulled over by police officers, a scene in a supermarket, a scene in a prison, and a scene with him telling a doctor which sexually transmitted diseases he has.
Press were screened the movie on September 27, 2006 at the Mann 6 in Hollywood. This was attended by press and the public. This served as the junket screening for the press day scheduled for October 20, 2006. For the press day, journalists were told they had to submit their questions ahead of time so that Sacha Baron Cohen could prepare because he would be doing the press conference as the Borat character only and would not be available for interviews as Cohen himself. Only two select outlets were able to videotape the press conference.
In Germany a critic stated in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he was bitten in his neck by a colleague who totally lost control laughing during the German press-screening.
* Parts of the film were filmed in Romania, not Kazakhstan, and some characters purporting to speak Kazakh are really speaking Romanian. Also, Sacha Baron Cohen speaks Hebrew in the film (not Kazakh), while Ken Davitian, the actor who plays Azamat, speaks Armenian. They also use several sayings from Slavic languages, such as Polish or Czech.
* The trailer features the song "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf.
* The "jagshemash!!!" greeting Borat uses to yell, is taken from Polish "Jak się masz?", Czech "Jak se máš?", "How are you?"
* "This is Natalya. She is my sister. She is number four prostitute in all of Kazakhstan." * Borat states after passionately kissing a woman.
* "And how do you recommend to cook this?" - Borat asks for the best way to serve a puppy as food
* "In my country, they would go crazy for these two. Not so much her." - Suggesting that two of the women present at the dinner table are attractive, but one man's wife is not.
* "Please, you come see my film. If it not success, I will be execute." - The ending line of the trailers.
The film has high anticipation, some saying "The most anticipated comedy movie since South Park: BLU . Also, even a few weeks before the film released, the film had 100% at Rotten Tomatoes. To Date, it has a fresh 90%, with only 3 reviews rotten.