Chilean Pablo Larrain is a director who doesn’t shy away from a critical perspective on his home country, as is evidenced in exceptional and award-winning films such as Tony Manero, NO and El club. His latest film Neruda zooms in on a turbulent episode in Chile’s history and the role poet-communist-politician Pablo Neruda played in it. It’s a compelling mix of fact and fiction, of film noir and magical realism, starring Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal, both actors Larrain likes to work with.
It is 1948. Right-wing Gabriel González Videla is elected president with the support of the communists, among whom is Pablo Neruda. However, Videla can’t stand communists; internationally renowned Neruda in particular raises his ire. Police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau is assigned to track down and arrest Neruda. A game of cat and mouse between both men ensues. But how real is it all?
Released by Imagine on 8 December 2016.