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Opens Fri. Feb. 17

(R) 1 Hr. 47 Min. (Digital) In Spanish with English subtitles (Drama)

Neruda is director Pablo Larraín’s kinetic cat-and-mouse tale about the fugitive poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco; NO) and the police officer dead set on capturing him (Gael García Bernal; Mozart in the Jungle, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien). With a stunningly inventive screenplay by writer Guillermo Calderón (The Club), the film premiered to critical acclaim in the Directors’ Fortnight program at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and will also screen at the 2016 Toronto and New York festivals. It's 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator (and renowned poet) Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gabriel González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), but they are forced into hiding, where Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, "Canto General."  In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda's freedom.
"Part fact, part glorious fantasy... In Neruda, Mr. Larraín steers clear of cradle-to-grave clichés for a formally exciting movie that both places Neruda in a specific world-historical moment and shows him as a poet of the people - of fawning intellectuals, striking workers, adoring prostitutes." – Manohla Dargis, The NY Times

"A work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it's hard to know how to parcel out praise: script, cinematography, art direction and performances all vie for kudos and awards. Everything suddenly comes together and the audience sits in the cinema feeling both illuminated and floored. Represents the director at his stunning best." – Jay Weissberg, Variety

Fri 2/17 4:00 p.m.
Sun 2/19 11:00 a.m.
Mon 2/20 12:00 p.m.
Tue 2/21 4:00 p.m.
Thu 2/23 4:00 p.m.
State Theatre Modesto

State Theatre of Modesto, Inc. | 1307 J Street | Modesto, CA 95354
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