watching for Neruda
December 14, 2016
Pablo Larraín’s Neruda opens this week in U.S. theaters. Starring Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda and Gael García Bernal as Oscar Peluchoneau, the film, according to Variety, “is not a biopic but an invention informed by biography, conjuring a richly detailed investigator [Peluchoneau] with notions of self-grandeur who’s hunting the famed leftist writer-politician in 1948 Chile.”
In an interview in Film Comment, Larraín says, “Neruda’s particular power came from how he was able to describe our country, our society, our people in a way that no historian or journalist has ever done. If you want to understand who we really are, read Neruda. Neruda is in our water. He’s everywhere. That’s why instead of dealing with his poetry we chose to absorb the poetry and see what comes out after. Neruda is what transpires after drinking that Neruda water.” Manohla Dargis talks with the director in The New York Times.
Watch for Neruda, and read some, too.
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