As in all his movies, Larrain is an expert juggler of tones: by turns antic and lyrical, Neruda is shot with a dark, nocturnal beauty and a mournful orchestral score.

— Ella Taylor, NPR


Film • Apr 12

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This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

The Nickelodeon theatre invites you to join us in the Indie Grits: Visiones festivities throughout the month of April! Every week our Foreign Focus series will host a film spotlighting Latin American culture. This week get to know Pablo Neruda, a Chilean writer whose poetry  and activism empowered readers around the world.

Director: Pablo Larraín

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Join us for a talk-back after the film with Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez. Rodriguez is an educator and writer currently working in the department of Languages, Literature, and Culture at USC. Originally from Colombia and holding a PhD in Spanish Literature and Cultural studies from Georgetown University, Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez’s work is marked by an emphasis on the historical depth of racial categories as an essential problem for Andean studies. Through research into the interwoven dynamics of social and cultural life expressed in literature and visual arts she hopes to make a contribution to the ongoing study of the politics of race and cultural difference in Latin America.

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2016. Chile, Argentina, France, Spain. USA. 107 min. Rated R for sexuality/nudity and some language.