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PABLO LARRAIN NOS HABLA DE 'NO'

Monday, February 11, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 6:10 PM


Pablo Larraín discussed his Oscar nominated NO with Richard Peña and the rest of us during the past New York Film Festival. NO opens in NYC and the US on Feb. 15.

Pablo Larraín at the New York Film Festival. Photo by Alex Guerrero®2012
The final chapter on a trilogy that looks back at the Pinochet era, NO has put chilean filmmaking on the map and has also reignited a national conversation on the nation's past. Far from representing the full picture or being a documentary, NO is a look at historical events from a particular POV.
During my brief encounter with Pablo here in New York after NO premiered at the 50th New York Film Festival, the Venezuelan case was clearly a reference for both of us, for the way Pablo reacted when I told him how close his movie had connected the dots for me as a Venezuelan. 
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Venezuela was heading to the polls soon after our encounter.  Chileans got rid of Pinochet. Venezuela has no president but a signature. The reelected Chávez has not been seen in 2 months. It will be an oversimplification to think that only one element, the NO ad campaign, was the reason a dictator fell. Grassroots community organization was key as well just to name these two. It was a concerted effort by a nation to move forward. That is what it takes.
For now, best of luck to Pablo Larraín on Oscar night.



About the movie: In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. 


Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.
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