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CHILE | 108 minutes | 2016

He stood for freedom for his country and the world: now here’s Neruda on the big screen. After El Club, last year’s Louve d’or winner, Larrain is back with a nonconformist biopic about Pablo Neruda. Bard of love and nation and a deeply committed left-wing politician (he was a Communist senator): the subject was an obvious choice for Chile’s star filmmaker. The film portrays Neruda in the midst of the Cold War, fleeing the police and composing his masterwork Canto General while in hiding. A thrilling, inspiring portrait of a people’s poet.


Friday October 7, 2016

Program #37
Cineplex Odeon Quartier SALLE 10

Pablo Larraín

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He’s a founding partner of Fabula, a company devoted to audiovisual and communications development, where he has carried out the following projects:

In 2005 he directed and co-wrote his first feature film called “Fuga” (Fugue), which was commercially released in March 2006. For the film’s funding and making, the company received contributions from Ibermedia Spain and Fondart Chile. The film participated in the Official Selection of many festivals, like Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles Latino, Washington Latino and Paris Latino. “Fuga” also won important awards like “Best Film” in London’s 2006 Latin Film Festival, “Best First Work” in Cartagena’s 2007 Film Festival and “Best Latin American Film” in the 2007 Malaga Spanish Film Festival.

During 2006 he produced “La Vida Me Mata” (Life Kills Me), which represents the Sebastián Silva’s debut as a director. In July that year the film was shot, and was released in Chilean theatres in November 2007. The movie won many important Chilean awards, like “Pedro Sienna” gave by the Art and Film Industry Council, the “Altazor” award for the Best Direction, and the “Best Chilean Film of 2007”, gave by the Chilean Art Critics Circle.

In 2007 Pablo worked in his second feature film: “Tony Manero”. Pablo Larraín, Alfredo Castro and Mateo Iribarren wrote the screenplay. The film, was presented in the Latin American Work-In-Progress at the 2008 Berlinale, and won the Grand Prix in the Cinema in Construction section of the 2008 Toulouse Film Festival, and the Best Film award in the 2008 Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC). The film had it’s international premiere in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival 2008. It has participated in many festivals, including Toronto, New York, Tokio, Londres, Turín (Best Film, Best Actor, and FIPRESCI award), Palm Springs and La Habana (Golden Shell for Best Film and Best Actor).

In 2009, he produced “Grado 3”, a remake of the Canadian film “Young People Fucking”. “Grado 3” was the most viewed Chilean film in 2009.

During 2010, he directed his third feature “Post Mortem”, premiered in the Official Selection of the 2010 Venice Film Festival. The project won the Hubert Bals Project Development Fund, the World Cinema Fund for Production, the Ibermedia Coproduction Fund, and the Chilean Audiovisual Fund. The film has also participated in San Sebastián and the New York Film Festival.

In 2011, he produced three features: “Ulises” (Ulysses), directed by Oscar Godoy (winner of the 2008 Chilean Audiovisual Fund), premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival in the International Competition, “Joven & Alocada” (Young & Crazy), now in post production, directed by Marialy Rivas (winner of the 2009 Chilean Audiovisual Fund and Ibermedia Coproduction Fund 2010), and “El Año Del Tigre” (The Year Of The Tiger) (winner of the 2011 Chilean Audiovisual Fund), directed by Sebastián Lelio, wich will be premiered in a few weeks in the Locarno Film Fest, competing for the Golden Pardo.

During this year, Pablo also directed “Prófugos”, the first HBO TV drama series made in Chile, which is due to premiere in September.

Now, he’s preparing the shooting of his new project “No” (winner of the 2010 Ibermedia Coproduction Fund and the 2011 Chilean Audiovisual Fund), and producing “Las Niñas Quispe” (The Girls Quispe) (winner of the 2011 Fonds Sud Coproduction Support, the Ibermedia Coproduction Fund 2011, the Groupama GAN Foundation 2011, and the 2011 Guadalajara-Churubusco award), directed by Sebastián Sepúlveda.

Finally, during the last years, Pablo has also directed more than 50 commercials for trademarks such as Coca-Cola, Shell, Master Card and many others.

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Guillermo Calderón, Rebecca Zlotowski, Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Cast Marcelo Alonso, Alfredo Castro, Pablo Derqui, Gael García Bernal, Natalie Portman


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