Foreign Film Series- Neruda
Admission: Patrons $27 | Senior Citizens $25 | Students $25 for the whole season
Language/subtitles: All foreign language films are subtitled and subtitles are used on English language films when available.
Chile | 2016 | 107 min | Pablo Larrain | Spanish + French languages
In this visually ravishing film, it is 1948 and Pablo Neruda is the poet laureate of Chile. He also is part of the political scene in Santiago and serves as a Senator representing the Communist Party. President Gabriel González Videla – who is at first a Neruda ally – turns the tables on him after the poet condemns the leader in a speech during a miners’ strike. Videla makes Communism against the law and forces Neruda to fugitive status after calling for his arrest. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the Chilean poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Seeing a chance to reinvent himself and become an international symbol for liberty, Neruda cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous.
2016 Fenix Film Awards, winner: Best Film, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design.