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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2012: Pablo Larrain’s No

No – Pablo Larrain

Buzz: Pablo Larrain needs little introduction – Tony Manero announced the arrival of a talent to watch out for and the Venice Film Festival showing of his last film, Post Mortem, meant that the Chilean helmer has a certain clout among fest programmers. Attracting the likes of Gael García Bernal, Larrain returns to the Director’s Fortnight section for a second time and orders up another round of an Augusto Pinochet related pic – but here we’re immersed into a different decade and a comedic tone.

Gist: 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, 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.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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