Nov 9-13, 2017

Neruda

DIRECTED BY PABLO LARRAÍN

Run Time: 108 mins CHILE / ARGENTINA / SPAIN / FRANCE Language: Spanish / French

Synopsis

Director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, No, Tony Manero) weaves an engrossing metafictional fable around the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Pablo Neruda. Following the Chilean president’s outlawing of communism in 1948, Neruda (Luis Gnecco) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. While the mundanity of life on the run holds little charm for the cultured pair, this also proves to be a time of prolific output for the poet, as Neruda’s ideologically charged poems rouse the people and give voice to the voiceless.

Providing counterpoint to Neruda, Larraín introduces a second protagonist: an invented character named Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal), an ambitious police inspector hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the celebrity fugitive. Larraín uses the cat-and-mouse game between these two adversaries to re ect on notions of identity and character, as Peluchonneau strives to escape from his ctional origins by tracking down the “real” Neruda. Pushing the limits of lmic biography, Larraín offers a stimulating and sometimes startling rumination on the split that can exist between the person and the persona, the man and the artist.

Not a biopic, “Neruda” is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer.

— Jay Weissberg, Variety

Director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, No, Tony Manero) weaves an engrossing metafictional fable around the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Pablo Neruda. Following the Chilean president’s outlawing of communism in 1948, Neruda (Luis Gnecco) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. While the mundanity of life on the run holds little charm for the cultured pair, this also proves to be a time of prolific output for the poet, as Neruda’s ideologically charged poems rouse the people and give voice to the voiceless.

Providing counterpoint to Neruda, Larraín introduces a second protagonist: an invented character named Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal), an ambitious police inspector hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the celebrity fugitive. Larraín uses the cat-and-mouse game between these two adversaries to re ect on notions of identity and character, as Peluchonneau strives to escape from his ctional origins by tracking down the “real” Neruda. Pushing the limits of lmic biography, Larraín offers a stimulating and sometimes startling rumination on the split that can exist between the person and the persona, the man and the artist.

Not a biopic, “Neruda” is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer.

— Jay Weissberg, Variety

Film Details

CHILE/ARGENTINA/SPAIN/FRANCE, 2016
DIRECTED BY PABLO LARRAÍN
WRITTEN BY GUILLERMO CALDERÓN CINEMATOGRAPHY BY SERGIO ARMSTRONG EDITED BY HERVÉ SCHNEID
MUSIC BY FEDERICO JUSID
CAST: GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, ALFREDO CASTRO, LUIS GNECCO, ANTONIA ZEGERS
RUNNING TIME: 108 MINS

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