Rafael 1 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 7:00 PM
Spotlight on Gael Garcia Bernal
Century Larkspur 3 Sun, Oct 16, 2016 8:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Special Screening
Viva el Cine
Running Time:107 min.
Director:Pablo Larrain
Producer:Juan de Dios Larraín
Peter Danner
Renan Artukmaç
Alex Zito
Juan Pablo García
Ignacio Rey
Gastón Rothschild
Fernanda del Nido
Screenwriter:Guillermo Calderón
Cinematographer:Sergio Armstrong
Editor:Hervé Schneid
Cast:Gael García Bernal
Luis Gnecco
Mercedes Morán
Diego Muñoz
Pablo Derqui
Michael Silva
Print Source:The Orchard
Note Writer:Joanne Parsont


SPOTLIGHT: GAEL GARCIA BERNAL. Beloved poet and respected senator, Pablo Neruda is also the most famous communist in all of post-WWII Chile. When the political tides suddenly shift, he goes underground with his Argentine artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán), shepherded from one hideout to the next by a small group of “fellow travelers." Not so fast on his trail is police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal, playing marvelously against type), tasked by the President to “harm and humiliate” Neruda while battling his own personal demons and a habit of Clouseau-esque bad timing. But Neruda’s populist loyalties run deep throughout Chile, and discrediting him proves to be as hard as capturing him. Narcissistically narrated by the perseverant Peluchonneau, director Pablo Larrain’s (The Club, MVFF 2015) self-proclaimed “anti-bio” plays more like a le Carré spy thriller with sly comic undertones. Part fact and many parts fiction, it is a brilliant blend of politics, poetry, history, and hedonism.


Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Gael García Bernal, a screening of Neruda, and the presentation of the MVFF Award in recognition of his transformational performance. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Le Comptoir in San Rafael.

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Pablo Larrain directed his first feature film Fuga in 2005. His second film Tony Manero premiered at the 2008 Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was the basis for what would become, with his next two films, Larraín's trilogy about the Pinochet dictatorship.  It was followed by Post Mortem, which premiered in Official Competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2010 and No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  The Club, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, premiered in Official Competition at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear. Neruda, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, premiered this year at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and is the fourth time that Larrain’s films have been chosen by Chile as the country’s official submission for the Academy Awards. Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, is Larrain’s first English-language film. Outside of his work in film, Larrain produced and directed Profugos, which was the first series produced by HBO in Chile; it was nominated for an International Emmy for Best Drama Series. For the Santiago’s Teatro Municipal, Larrain directed the 1921 Russian opera Káta Kabanová, originally written by the Czech composer Leoš Janácek.