From director Pablo Larrain, whose JACKIE is quite a different biopic, comes NERUDA, “a handsomely crafted and boldly idiosyncratic contemplation of a great artist for whom political compromise was anathema.”—Hollywood Reporter. Beloved poet Pablo Neruda 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 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. “A film that reaches dizzying, exhilarating velocity”—Melissa Anderson, Village Voice. In Spanish with English subtitles. R. 107 Min.
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