Sicario filmmakers most likely did not need permission from Mexican officials to film in the country, according to film experts.
The film, which centers around an idealistic FBI agent played by Emily Blunt, was released by LionsGate studio in select cities last month and nationwide over the weekend. It received a minutes long standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and has also been bestowed with Oscar buzz from critics.
Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, is a native Texan who grew up traveling south of the border. "I realized that Mexico doesn't exist anymore, the Mexico someone could just drive down into is gone. It's become this lawless place," Sheridan states in a publicity packet.
According to publicity material, filmmakers shot the film mostly in Albuquerque, El Paso and Veracruz, Mexico. "While the production did not shoot on the streets of Juarez, the production did shoot over Juarez and the landscape we are seeing in the film is the real Juarez City," the film's publicity material states.
According to the publicity material, filmmakers recreated the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso and Albuquerque.
Chuck Horak, a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, said filmmakers rarely need permission from local or state governments to shoot films.