Past Event16 Jul - 22 Jul 2016


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The Civic


Not your conventional biopic, Pablo Larraín’s enthralling dramatic exploration of the legacy of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda conjures up a fiction in which he is pursued into political exile by an incompetent detective played by Gael García Bernal.

"A work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise… Neruda is not a biopic but an invention informed by biography, conjuring a richly detailed investigator with notions of self-grandeur who’s hunting the famed leftist writer-politician… Every bit the film’s protagonist as much as the poet, Peluchonneau (García Bernal) serves as both Neruda’s nemesis and his creation…

All the performances are outstanding: Luis Gnecco plays Neruda with a sense of entitled vanity, which occasionally slips to reveal the character’s idealism and solidarity… But perhaps it’s García Bernal who makes the greatest impression… Humorous, straight-faced and channeling any number of noir detectives with a post-modern twist that finally gives that misused concept a good name, the actor quite simply shines, once again proving himself one of the smartest performers around." — Jay Weissberg, Variety


Chile/Argentina/France/Spain 2016 
107 mins
In Spanish and French, with English subtitles

Director: Pablo Larraín

Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Peter Danner, Renan Artukmaç, Alex Zito, Juan Pablo García, Ignacio Rey, Gastón Rothschild, Fernanda del Nido

Screenplay: Guillermo Calderón

Photography: Sergio Armstrong

Editor: Hervé Schneid

Production designer: Estefanía Larraín

Costume designer: Muriel Parra

Music: Federico Jusid

With: Luis Gnecco (Pablo Neruda), Gael García Bernal (Oscar Peluchonneau), Mercedes Morán (Delia del Carril), Diego Muñoz (Martínez), Pablo Derqui (Víctor Pey), Michael Silva (Álvaro Jara), Jaime Vadell (Jorge Alessandri), Alfredo Castro (Gabriel González Videla), Marcelo Alonso (Pedro Domínguez), Francisco Reyes (Bianchi), Alejandro Goic (Jorge Bellet), Emilio Gutiérrez Caba (Pablo Picasso)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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