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Chile, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Through the Labyrinth: New Latin American Cinema)

Director: Pablo Larrain


“An absorbing account of one country's unlikely route from oppression to democracy.” - Hollywood Reporter

Revolving around Chile's 1988 referendum on the Pinochet regime, this brilliant behind-the-scenes drama tracks with engaging detail the unfolding of a political marketing campaign that succeeded against all odds. Winning the top prize at Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, No stars Gael García Bernal as the maverick ad man who drove the idea to sell the “No” vote with a series of upbeat messages.

Director Pablo Larraín's (Tony Manero, MIFF 08) boldest move - to shoot on period U-matic tape - results in a potent vintage aesthetic that seamlessly combines old footage, including the commercials, with the new.

“Weirdly funny and rousing, both intellectually and emotionally.” - New York Times

D Pablo Larraín P Daniel Mark Dreifuss, Juan De Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain S Pedro Peirano Dist Rialto L Spanish w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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