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Monday May 28, 2012

Drama “No” About Chilean Dictator Pinochet Wins Top Award at Cannes

Drama “No” About Chilean Dictator Pinochet Wins Top Award at Cannes

Photo: Gael Garcia Bernal Movie "No" Wins at Cannes

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The drama, “No” that tells the story of Chile’s referendum vote on Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet starring Gael Garcia Bernal has won top awards at Cannes.  The movie that earlier this week was picked up by Sony Pictures, won the ‘Directors Fortnight’ and the ‘Art Cinema Award’.

The film 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.

Several other Latin-centric films have won awards at Cannes 2012 including:  Antonio Mendez Esparza’s “Aqui y Alla” won Grand Prize in the Critics Week section, “Los Salvajes” also won a Critics Week prize and the Cuban student film “Los Anfitriones” won third place in the Cinefondation Award selection.

Cannes 2012 concluded with the awarding of the top prize the Palme d’Or that went to Austrian director Michael Haneke’s “Amour”.