Thursday, 10th November, 20:00, Sava Center, Belgrade
Thursday, 10th November, 20:30, Arena Cineplex, Novi Sad
Thursday, 10th November, 20:00, Vilin Grad Cineplex, Niš
Director: Pablo Larraín
Country: Chile, Argentina, Spain, France
Language: Spanish, French
Subtitle: Serbian, English
Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán, Diego Muñoz
Screenplay: Guillermo Calderón
Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín
Director of Photography: Sergio Armstrong
Editing: Hervé Schneid
Music: Federico Jusid
Production name: Fabula, AZ Films, Funny Balloons, Setembro Cine
Distribution: Five Stars Film Distribution / fivestarsfilms.rs
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It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla (Alfredo Castro). Prefect of Police Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia 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. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, Canto General. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself. 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.
Pablo Larraín was born in 1976 in Santiago, Chile, where he studied audiovisual communication at UNIACC University. He is a founding member of Fabula, a production company producing feature films, television and commercials. In 2005, he directed his first feature film FUGA. In 2007 Pablo Larraín made his second feature film, Tony Manero. The film received its world premiere in May 2008 in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Post Mortem is his third feature film. Nowadays Larraín has emerged in Latin American cinema as an exponent of a unique style that incorporates an idiosyncratic sense of dark humour that seduces audiences with its mix of humour and chilling undertones.
Festivals and awards
Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 2016
Toronto International Film Festival, 2016
Munich Film Festival, 2016
New Zealand International Film Festival, 2016
Sarajevo Film Festival, 2016
Surprises always come at the end of Pablo Larraín’s films, when everything suddenly comes together and the audience sits in the cinema feeling both illuminated and floored. Neruda is no different, representing the director at his stunning best with a work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise.
Jay Weissberg, Variety
A playfully unexpected spin on a historical drama.
Wendy Ide, Sight and Sound
A dexterous, mischievous, almost incomprehensibly intelligent film that has such invention packed into every frame…
Jessica Kiang, The Playlist