Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.
Neruda premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and is the fourth film of Larraín’s to be chosen by Chile as the country’s official submission for the Academy Awards. Larraín’s other 2016 release, JACKIE, starring Natalie Portman, was his first English-language film.
Neruda is screened at Salisbury Arts Centre at 7.30pm (doors opens 6.45pm) on Friday 25th August. Tickets are £8, available from Salisbury Arts Centre box office on 01722 321744 or online at www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk