Magazine article Screen International

In Conversation With: Pablo Larrain, 'Neruda'

Magazine article Screen International

In Conversation With: Pablo Larrain, 'Neruda'

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Larrain discusses his playful noir, which plays at Cannes in Directors' Fortnight.

Pablo Larrain and Gael Garcia Bernal team up after No for Neruda, a playful noir set in post-Second World War Chile where the communist poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) goes on the run and is pursued by Bernal's policeman. The Chilean director speaks to Screen about depicting a literary icon in all his glory and contradictions.

How is your Cannes experience?

When you take the plane to come here, you don't know what's going to happen and it can be very scary. But the movie worked well, we had a wonderful reception and it's going to be very well distributed [around the world].

Was it a challenge to find the funding?

I've never spent so much time working on the pre-production of a movie. It was hard to find the funding and that's why we made The Club first. …

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