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Drama - Completed 2016

& Awards

Directors' Fortnight 2016
Directors' Fortnight
Toronto - TIFF 2016
Special Presentations
Stockholm IFF 2017
Special Events
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pablo LARRAIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Guillermo CALDERON
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/3423-FF89-4708-EA70-47B7-5
    • Producer(s)
    • Juan De Dios LARRAIN (Fabula), Peter DANNER (Funny Balloons), Fernanda DEL NIDO (Setembro Cine), Alejandro ZITO (AZ Films)
    • Synopsis
    • 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). Police Prefect 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, 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. He plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. 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.