Sound and Vision: 'Neruda' by Pablo Larrain - (15) screening

Push The Boat Out: Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival

Summerhall - Red Lecture Theatre

Spoken Word

Director Pablo Larrain discards the standard biopic formulas and depicts a fabulously mythologised version of the great Chilean poet and activist Pablo Neruda. Told from the perspective of Neruda’s police antagonist, played sympathetically by Gael Garcia Bernal, the movie captures the spirit of the poet, his extraordinary influence on Chilean politics of the time, and fuses film noir with poetic fantasy. The cinematography is as lush as the movie is stylised.

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