Friday 29 September 2017 | 7:30pm - 9:45pm
Friday 29 September 2017
7:30pm - 9:45pm
Film Unit Cinema in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium
A biopic as you've never seen before: not about the life of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, but about his myth and his poetry combined to make a brilliant, fascinating movie.
Part of the Film Unit Autumn Programme.
Director: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco
Part-police chase filled with shenanigans and part-philosophical meditation on the way history is written, Neruda blends comedy and drama in an effort to shed some light on the political turmoil in 1940s-1950s Chile.
The titular character, Chile's most renowned poet, (played by Luis Gnecco) flees from Chilean authorities as he is a member of the Communist Party in a country that just outlawed Communism. What ensues is a wild goose chase in which inspector Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) follows Neruda's trail of bread crumbs. Pablo Larrain uses this comedic chase to blur the lines between heroes and villains. Just as he did in Jackie, Larrain poses questions about the storytelling nature of history and about the artificially created figures that end up being confused with reality. This is a must-see film from a director in complete command of the cinematic art-form.