A glorious mix of history and imagination, NERUDA is multi award-winning director Pablo Larraín’s lavishly mounted and grandly entertaining depiction of the manhunt for titular Chilean poet and politician.

Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Chile

MA15+Strong sex scenes and nudity


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Neruda

★★★★
“If it’s possible to make a great film about a great poet, this is certainly that film. Neruda is all of the following: unreliable as history, but immensely informative about the times and the man; entertaining as comedy, but still deeply melancholy about the politics of Latin America in the 1950s; drop-dead gorgeous as Chilean travelogue (including a snowy escape across the Andes), but imbued with sacred respect for the words, and the work it took to produce them.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“A ravishing experience. Dreamy and balletic… A virtual fireworks show about the power of poetry and fame on the world.”
Joe McGovern, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Stunningly inventive. Not a biopic but a Nerudian take on the famed Chilean politician-poet, “Neruda” is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer. A work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise.”
Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

“Startlingly great. Thrilling, immensely playful and insightful — about politics, authorship and art. Larraín is one of the world’s most exciting and imaginative filmmakers”
Lindsay Bahr, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“An effusive love letter to the very concept of fiction and all the ways it can set you free.”
Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST

“Intoxicating. A richly imagined biography from one of the world’s most distinctive and continually surprising talents. Nothing short of enchanting.”
Justin Chang, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

NOMINEE – 2017 GOLDEN GLOBES – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
OFFICIAL SELECTION (CHILE) – 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2016 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – DIRECTORS FORTNIGHT
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2016 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

A glorious mix of history and imagination, NERUDA is the enthralling new film from multi award-winning director Pablo Larraín (No, Jackie), a lavishly mounted and grandly entertaining depiction of the manhunt for exiled Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda.

It’s 1948, and the Cold War has reached Chile. Following the President’s outlawing of communism, Neruda (played by Luis Gnecco, bearing a remarkable likeness) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. Beloved by the populace, they slip underground and are pursued by incompetent, vainglorious police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (the superb Gael García Bernal), hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the country’s most infamous fugitive.

Whilst life on the run holds little charm for the cultured and hedonistic Neruda, he uses the opportunity to reinvent his work and life, leaving clues for his pursuer designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse even more dangerous and thrilling. Thwarting Peluchonneau at every turn, it’s almost as if the detective is the man Neruda would have written to chase himself…

Blending visual grandeur and literary wit, NERUDA is a beguiling reinvention of the ‘standard’ cinematic biography. Playfully confounding expectations at every turn, the film offers a startling rumination on the split between the person and persona, the man and the artist.

Gripping, funny and ingeniously conceived, this is undoubtedly Larraín’s finest achievement to date.

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