Gala Presentation/The Passion of Latin American Cinema
Pablo LarraínGael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán
Chile, Argentina / 2016 / 107 minutes / DCP
In a year of variegated world triumphs for Chilean director Larrain (Jackie and The Club, 40th), he celebrates the complex life of his homeland’s great poet and politician, Pablo Neruda, who won the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature. Larrain focuses on Neruda’s life underground in 1948 through the strategies and desires of a fictional investigative policeman (Bernal) who tracks him during a period of government anti-Communist repressions. Once again, Larrain develops questions that transform the biopic into a metaphysical dialogue.