In Pablo Larrain’s new drama “Neruda,” a Chilean police inspector searches for the famous poet after he goes into hiding from the government. It’s 1948 and the Cold War has begun; Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) condemns the Chilean government for human rights violations when they incarcerated Communist miners. Inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) is tasked to arrest the poet, but when Neruda and his wife (Mercedes Morán) go into hiding, Oscar embarks on a cat-and-mouse chase with Neruda, who constantly toys with the Inspector in order to create a more intimate relationship between them. Energized by his persecution, Neruda takes advantage of his exile to reinvent himself as a symbol of liberty. Watch the trailer for “Neruda” above.
Pablo Larraín has directed four films prior to “Neruda.” His third film “No,” also starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, won the Art Cinema Award, the top prize in the Director’s Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It also was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. His last film “The Club,” about four retired Catholic priests who go to a secluded beach house to purge their sins, has a limited release in early February. Gael Garcia Bernal currently stars in the Amazon drama “Mozart in the Jungle,” and is set to star in the new “Zorro” reboot.
“Neruda” will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section.