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Neruda Directed by Pablo Larraín Opens December 16 A deconstructed biopic that takes the form of a cat-and-mouse metafiction, the Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, which follows the titular poet-senator during his 1948 flight into exile, nonetheless doesn’t feel the least bit stuffy, moving at a dizzying pace and showing, if anything, a bit too much intoxication with its own freewheeling inventions. The film gets underway as Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), a proud showman beloved by Santiago society,...
Jackie Directed by Pablo Larraín Opens December 2 It’s amusing to imagine people seeing Jackie—one of two new films directed by Pablo Larraín that open in December—and then, diving into his back catalogue. Theirs would be a dive into the darkest depths of human nature and historical horror, inhabited by the damaged and the twisted, the latter of whose psychologies can challenge the bounds of viewer empathy. I’m thinking of the murderous Saturday Night Fever obsessive at...
Neruda plays October 5 and October 6 as part of the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival. The Orchard will release the film theatrically December 16. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. "We of the left do not blacklist." -Zero Mostel The reason most of the world will always vote against its best interests is an often unwitting lack of empathy. We don't want to know how our neighbor lives, because we've...
Film festivals are what you make of them. Well, most of the time anyway. But it’s especially the case with a behemoth like the Toronto International Film Festival. With its 41st edition just concluded, TIFF is comfortably coasting into middle age, perhaps a bit too content to view itself as the center of gravity for the film world. With more than 400 films screening across 11 days, it’s by far North America’s biggest...

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