It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet.

Neruda tries to escape the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, “Canto General”. 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 this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself.

He plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

Pablo Larraín.

Pablo Larraín was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976. He is a founding partner of Fabula, a production company dedicated to lm, television, advertising and production services.

In 2005, he directed his rst feature-length lm, Fuga. Pablo Larraín directed the lm No, which premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Club premiered in Official Competition at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear. The lm was also a Nominee at the Golden Globes for Best Foreign Language Film. Neruda is his sixth feature lm. In 2016, Pablo Larraín also directed his rst English speaking feature, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

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