Director Pablo Larraín is treating audiences to a double dose of critically acclaimed films centered around important figures in history this year, with both Jackie and Neruda, the latter of which has just received its first trailer. The 1940s-set film follows Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, as he becomes a target in his home country of Chile due to his involvement with the Communist during the post-World War II era. The English-subtitled trailer is viewable below…
Described as equal parts fact and imagination, Neruda isn’t a typical biopic; in fact, it isn’t necessarily a biopic at all. Critics who have seen the film at such festivals as Telluride and Toronto claim it’s just as much a cat-and-mouse detective thriller as it is a celebration of Neruda’s life.
Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.
In the film, Larraín directs Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda, Gael García Bernal as Oscar Peluchoneau, Alfredo Castro as Gabriel González Videla and Mercedes Morán as Delia del Carril. Expect to see the movie in U.S. theaters on December 16th and in U.K. theaters on January 6th.