Written by playwright Guillermo Calderon, it's 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla (Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Garcia Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife Delia del Carril (Morán) but they are forced into hiding. In the struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau, Neruda sees an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the Prefect, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.
This was selected for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Directors’ Fortnight.
Travis Gutiérrez Senger (Desert Cathedral)
“It’s elegant with a touch of heavy metal, which we needed to punctuate the climax.”