Neruda

Nominee
Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globes
A work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power...the audience sits in the cinema feeling both illuminated and floored.

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Neruda

NERUDA is director Pablo Larraín’s (NO, Oscar® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film; THE CLUB, Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) kinetic cat-and-mouse tale about the fugitive poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco; NO) and the police officer dead set on capturing him (Gael García Bernal; “Mozart in the Jungle,” THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN). With a stunningly inventive screenplay by writer Guillermo Calderón (THE CLUB), the film premiered to critical acclaim in the Directors’ Fortnight program at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and will also screen at the 2016 Toronto and New York festivals.

It's 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator (and renowned poet) Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gabriel González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), but they are forced into hiding, where Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, "Canto General.".] In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda's freedom. Neruda sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself, and he sets about playing games with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their conflict more dangerous, and more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

"Part fact, part glorious fantasy... In "Neruda," Mr. Larraín steers clear of cradle-to-grave clichés for a formally exciting movie that both places Neruda in a specific world-historical moment and shows him as a poet of the people - of fawning intellectuals, striking workers, adoring prostitutes." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"A work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it's hard to know how to parcel out praise: script, cinematography, art direction and performances all vie for kudos and awards. Everything suddenly comes together and the audience sits in the cinema feeling both illumnited and floored. Represents the director at his stunning best." – Jay Weissberg, Variety
R
Genre
Drama, Bio-pic
Runtime
108
Language
Spanish, French
Director
Pablo Larraín
Writer(s)
Guillermo Calderón
Cast
Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Alfredo Castro
Awards:
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes
FEATURED REVIEW
Lindsey Bahr, Salon

Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero’s quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems. He turned the post-assassination days of Jacqueline Kennedy into an atmospheric examination of mythmaking and the public and private self in “Jackie,” and in “Neruda ,” the story of a poet on the run, ...

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