NERUDA

Neruda, Pablo Larraín (Chile). 2016. 107min.

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In Congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President González Videla. Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, “Canto General.” 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 this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

Es 1948 y la Guerra Fría ha alcanzado a Chile. En el congreso, el senador Pablo Neruda acusa al gobierno de haber traicionado al Partido Comunista y es rápidamente desacreditado por el presidente González Videla. El Prefecto de la policía Peluchonneau es asignado para arrestar al poeta. Neruda intenta salir del país con su esposa, la artista Delia del Carril, sin embargo son forzados a esconderse. Inspirado por los dramáticos eventos de su nueva vida como fugitivo, Neruda escribe su épica colección de poemas “Canto General”. Mientras tanto, en Europa, la leyenda del poeta perseguido por el policía crece, y muchos artistas encabezados por Pablo Picasso claman por la libertad de Neruda. Neruda, no obstante, ve la lucha contra su némesis Peluchonneau como una oportunidad para reinventarse a sí mismo. Neruda juega con el inspector, dejando pistas diseñadas para hacer que su juego del gato-y-el ratón sea más peligroso y más íntimo. En esta historia de un poeta perseguido y su adversario implacable, Neruda reconoce sus propias posibilidades heroicas: la oportunidad de convertirse en un símbolo de la libertad y en una leyenda literaria.

 

Spanish with English subtitles.

https://youtu.be/2gFbcBnXx8o

 

Part of the PRAGDA Series, curated by Cristina Carrasco, Sam Amago, and Miguel Rojas-Sotelo

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