An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Argentina, Chile 2016
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108 min.

It is 1948 and the Cold War has reached the Chilean border. During a congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party, for which President Gonzalez Videla (Alfredo Castro) removes him from office. Subsequently, the police prefect (Gael García Bernal) is charged with the poet's arrest. Neruda attempts to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but fails to do so and the two are forced into hiding for over a year. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life, Neruda writes an epic collection of poems, Canto General (The Great Song). In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable enemy, Neruda sees his opportunity to become both a symbol of freedom and a literary legend.

Pablo Larraín's (Jackie) original biopic premiered at Cannes and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

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Director: Pablo Larraín
Screenplay: Guillermo Calderón
Cinematography: Sergio Armstrong
Music: Federico Jusid
Sound: Miguel Hormazábal, Roberto Zuñiga
Editing: Hervé Schneid
Production Design: Estefania Larrain
Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín, Peter Danner, Renan Artukmac, Alex Zito, Juan Pablo García, Ignacio Rey, Gastón Rothschild, Fernanda Del Nido
Co-production: Axel Kuschevatzky, Christian Cardoner, Javier Beltramino
Costumes: Muriel Parra
Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Diego Muñoz, Alejandro Goic, Pablo Derqui, Marcelo Alonso, Michael Silva, Francisco Reyes

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2017 – Gael García Bernal (FIPRESCI Prize – Best Actor)

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2017 – Pablo Larraín (Cine Latino Award)