He’s still relatively little-known in the U.S, but we’ve become huge fans of Chilean director Pablo Larrain over the last few years. The director first came on the scene with the excellent “Tony Manero,” and followed it up a few years back with the equally good, but very different “Post Mortem.” Neither received more than a perfunctory release in the States, but that may be about to change; Larrain’s closing out his self-described trilogy looking at his birthplace under the rule of General Augusto Pinochet with “No,” which premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes on Friday, and is led by international star Gael Garcia Bernal.
The film’s been one of the few unqualified hits of Cannes this year, picking up sensational reviews, including our own, and had it featured in competition, might even be a front-runner for the Palme D’Or. While we wait for any distribution news on the project, we’re pleased to debut a pair of exclusive images from the film, and you can read a synopsis below. All being well, we’ll hear word on worldwide releases for the film before too long.
When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.