Free Screening: No
Friday, January 25, 2013 | 7:30 pm
“Director Pablo Larrain concludes his trilogy on life in Chile under the dictatorial rule of General Augusto Pinochet with a haunting tale of hope and defiance through creativity. Having claimed total control of the country in a military-led coup d’etat in 1973, Pinochet only agreed to a national referendum on his leadership in 1988. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a young advertising executive who is called by a consortium of political parties to oversee the television spots calling for Pinochet’s rule to end, the “No” campaign. Working in secrecy and under the nose of his own boss (a confidante of the general), Bernal and his conspirators are antagonized not only by the competition but also by menacing plainclothes agents. Rich in 1980s ambience and lilting to a bevy of jingles and slogans, the film’s period verisimilitude is intensified by Larrain’s bold choice to shoot entirely on U-matic tape, allowing for the real “No” and “Yes” TV ads to be interwoven seamlessly with the film’s fictionalized narrative, which was written for the screen by Pedro Peirano (The Maid). A masterful blend of noir-tinted tension and gallows humor, No transforms an archetypal David and Goliath tale into a colorful portrait of activism through mass media.”
Film Independent at LACMA
2012/color/118 min | Scr: Pedro Peirano; dir: Pablo Larrain; w/ Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers.