Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival


August 4–6, 2016

ITR Auditorium


Chile/Argentina/France/Spain 2016
Pablo Larraín
In Spanish and French, with English subtitles

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

Neruda works most thrillingly as an effusive love letter to the very concept of fiction and all the ways it can set you free.” — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 107 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts

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