Director: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mercedes Moran
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Chile-Argentina-France-Spain 2016 108 mins. (15)
Nominated for Best International Film - Munich Film Festival 2016; 'In Competition' 60th BFI London Film Festival; Nominee, Best International Film Munich Film Festival 2016; Golden Globe Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film 2017
Released by Network Releasing
Pablo Larrain's reimagining biopic of the Nobel Winning poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), egotist, snob, man of the prople, weaves fact and fiction into a mesmerising thrilling, playful, witty and ever inventive portrait of the leftist poet and politician who in 1948 crossed swords with Chile's President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla (Alfredo Castro) who had banned the Communist Party. Neruda with his Argentinian aristocratic wife, Delia (Mercedes Moran) becomes a fugitive in his own country, obsessively pursued in a glorious cat-and-mouse game by his nemesis, police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) who refuses to be a secondary player in the game. Always one step ahead, Neruda wittily mocks his pursuer by leaving detective novels for him to read and the game becomes more dangerous and more intimate.
A surreal, dazzling, visually stunning (cinematographer Sergio Armstrong), multilayered, imaginative, comedy thriller, scripted by Guillermo Calderon who wrote 'The Club' with Luis Gnecco and Garcia Bernal terrific in lead roles. Chile will move into bloody military dictatorship and ironically Augusto Pinochet makes a brief 'guest appearance' as an internment camp commandant. The infinite game of politics, power and idealism. Will the poets and idealists win the day?