First Look: Pablo Larrain’s NERUDA, With Gael Garcia Bernal

Chile's Luis Gnecco

Here’s your first look at Neruda, which reunites Gael Garcia Bernal with his No director Pablo Larrain for the film about the dissident Nobel prize-winning poet, diplomat and politician, Pablo Neruda.

Chile’s Luis Gnecco (HBO’s “Profugos”) takes on the title role of Neruda, and Bernal is playing the police inspector Oscar Peluchoneau, who organized the manhunt for the famous Chilean poet.

Penned by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon (Violeta Went to Heaven), the 1940-set drama also stars Alfredo Castro, Alejandro Goic, Jaime Vadell and Marcelo Alonso from the Oscar-nominaded No, as well as Roberto Farias from Larrain’s Berlin Grand Jury Prize winner The Club.

Neruda is currently shooting on location in Chile and will premiere in the winter of 2016. Check out the firs look photos from the film and the official synopsis below.

 Gael Garcia Bernal

Pablo Larrain’s Drama

 Gael Garcia Bernal

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has made its way to Chile. In Congress, Senator Pablo Neruda criticizes the government. The President calls for his impeachment, delegating his arrest to Óscar Peluchonneau, a tough Investigations Police prefect.

Neruda and his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, fail in their attempt to escape the country, and are forced into hiding. But with Peluchonneau hot on his heels, the clandestine Pablo Neruda becomes a poet turned into a weapon. He writes the ‘Canto General’ and makes secret nighttime excursions. The legend of the poet pursued by the state grows, and in Europe, artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for his freedom.

Neruda uses Peluchonneau to reinvent himself, seeing the opportunity to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend. But with hunter and prey so close they breathe the same air, becoming one, it becomes clear that the prefect determined to follow Neruda to the end of the world will not make it easy for him.