For his sixth feature, Pablo Larraín turns to his compatriot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda. Only this isn’t so much a biopic as a boldly inventive and visually thrilling contemplation of identity and branding. It details how Neruda’s public persona – as a romantic poet with a political conscience – was cemented in the late 1940s. Despite his vanity and snobbishness, Neruda (brilliantly played by Luis Gnecco) is a figure who inspires and animates, galvanising the ideals enshrined in his poetry. In 1948 as President González Videla (Larraín regular Alfredo Castro) begins to clamp down on communism in Chile, Neruda goes on the run with his wife Delia (Mercedes Morán). He is obsessively pursued by a detective, the wonderfully named Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal), who is doggedly determined not to be a supporting player in the escalating drama. So begins a chase that comes to acquire epic proportions as the lauded poet, aided by ordinary Communist party members, attempts to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
Described by Larraín as an ‘anti bio’, Neruda is a dizzying cinematic adventure filmed with playful virtuosity. History, legend and fiction fuse to powerful effect, offering a beautifully performed, shadowy cat-and-mouse thriller, where the celebrated poet, a gloriously contradictory feature, forever eludes those trying to pin him down.
Trying to Kiss the Moon
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Autobiographical film by the veteran disabled experimental filmmaker, Steve Dwoskin.
My Left Foot
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Documentary 2018 99 mins Director: Julie Cohen
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Documentary 2018 96 mins Director: Steve Loveridge
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Biopic 2018 111 mins Director: Ian Bonhôte
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The Happy Prince
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Biopic 1986 93 mins Director: Derek Jarman
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Florence Foster Jenkins
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Drama 2006 103 mins Director: Stephen Frears
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The King's Speech
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A Royal Night Out
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Featuring Gael García Bernal
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Thriller 2008 121 mins Director: Fernando Meirelles
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Directed by Pablo Larraín
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Monsters and Men
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Drama 2008 25 mins Director: Ian Clark
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Drama 1982 73 mins Director: Stephen Frears
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Documentary 1958 13 mins Director: Rollo Gamble
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