Pablo Larraín’s NERUDA, Chile’s Official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film, was awarded four 2016 Fenix Awards, including Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Costumes and Best Art Design last night, December 7, in Mexico City. The Ibero-American Fenix Awards honor the best in film from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The Orchard and Participant Media will open NERUDA on Friday, December 16 in New York and Los Angeles with a national roll out to follow.
Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also arguably the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a tenacious 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 to critical acclaim in the Directors’ Fortnight program at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and also screened at the 2016 Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals and AFI Fest 2016. The film was named one of the Top Five Foreign Language Films of 2016 by the National Board of Review and is a 2016 Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics’ Choice Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. NERUDA is Chile’s Official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film, and is also eligible in all categories, including Best Picture, Best Director (Pablo Larraín), Best Actor (Luis Gnecco), Best Supporting Actor (Gael García Bernal), Best Original Screenplay (Guillermo Calderón), Best Film Editing (Hervé Schneid), Best Cinematography (Sergio Armstrong), Best Production Design (Estefania Larraín) and Best Costume Design (Muriel Parra).