Director: Pablo Larraín
Screenwriters: Pedro Peirano
- 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Pablo Larrain is at the forefront of a growing wave of thrilling Chilean directors. His latest film, No, wowed festivalgoers at Cannes, Toronto, and New York and establishes him as a true force in international cinema.
No attests that the arc of the universe can bend toward justice. The multitalented Gael García Bernal portrays René Saavedra, a brilliant young ad man who, against all odds, engineers a successful 1988 voter campaign to oust brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. His song-and-dance, feel-good strategy causes rancor among the activists who have spent years building a more serious grassroots movement focused on the government’s infamous human rights abuses.
A tense, blow-by-blow examination of office politics, political alignments, and interpersonal drama, No flawlessly interweaves fact and fiction, in part through Larrain’s brilliant choice to shoot in 1980s-era videotape, which allows him to interweave historical source material and newly shot footage. He manages to surmount video’s ugly reputation to create a gorgeously directed drama with the ring of historical truth that will leave you feeling inspired about the promise of cinema and the resilience of the human spirit.
Screening Details2013 Sundance Film Festival
- Section: Spotlight
- Film Type: International Narrative Feature Films
- Country: Chile/U.S.A.
- Language: Spanish
- Run Time: 118 min.