In 1948 the Chilean poet and communist activist Pablo Neruda had to go into hiding to avoid arrest. Larrain’s film is loosely based on the story of how the beloved poet escaped capture, evading a pompous, bumbling policeman. Sometimes it’s a detective movie, sometimes surreal; sometimes it resembles film noir, at other times a western. Neruda weaves together scenes of great beauty and bathos, between the words of the poet, the Andean snows and the plodding Inspector Peluchonneau.


neruda (2016)




Spanish + French with English subtitles




Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976.  In 2010, he directed Prófugos, HBO’s first ever series produced in Chile. In 2014 his No premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. The Club won the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Neruda is his sixth feature film.  In 2016, Larraín also directed his first English-speaking feature, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

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