Debuting at Cannes last year to immaculate early reviews, Pablo Larraín’s No recently became the first Oscar-nominated film from Chile, making itself felt in the Best Foreign Language Film category last week.
Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) takes the lead here, and Network Releasing have put out an altered UK trailer in recognition of the film’s Oscar nomination.
“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.”
Starring alongside García Bernal is Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers, Luis Gnecco, Marcial Tagle, Nastor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell, and Pascal Montero.
Larraín is directing from a script penned by Pedro Peirano, based on the original play, El Plebiscito, by Antonio Skármeta.
No will be released in the UK on 8th February, with its US release date set to open in a limited release a week later on 15th February, before opening wider through Sony Classics in successive weeks. Before then, it will be continuing its tour of the festival circuit at Sundance in just a few days’ time, and is sure to receive still more rapturous praise ahead of its appearance at the Oscars next month.