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Tuesday May 22, 2012

Drama About Chilean Dictator Pinochet Acquired by Sony Pictures in Cannes

Drama About Chilean Dictator Pinochet Acquired by Sony Pictures in Cannes

Photo: Gael Garcia Bernal Brings "No" to Cannes

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The drama, “No”,  about the story of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet starring Gael Garcia Bernal has been acquired by Sony Pictures

The project is directed by Chilean Pablo Larrain and produced by Juan de Dio Larrain.  “No” tells the story during Pinochet’s regime in 1988 when he called for a Yes or No referendum on his presidency.  Pinochet was Chile’s President from 1974 to 1990 and head of the government junta from 1973 to 1981.

Here is the film’s description from the Cannes Film Festival screening:

When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.

The Chilean drama received a lot of good buzz at the Cannes Film Festival.  Sony Classics stated: “This movie is amasterfully engaging and energetic drama about politics and power, a tonic for the brain that is also a major entertainment. No establishes Pablo Larrain as a major international director and Gael Garcia Bernal gives his finest performance.”