Network Releasing’s “No” has won the coverted Art Cinema Award in the Director’s Fortnight strand at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.
Pablo Larrain’s “No” stars Gael Garcia Bernal and regular collaborator Alfredo Castro. The critically acclaimed film is based on the real-life events surrounding the 1988 referendum for democracy in Chile.
Bernal is cynical young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, who is asked to spearhead the “No” campaign for those opposing the Pinochet regime. With scant resources, constant scrutiny from individuals sympathetic to Pinochet’s totalitarian regime including colleagues and the secret police, this bold, enthralling film looks at how despite all the odds, the masses managed to overthrow one of the most controversial military figures in Latin American history.
“No” was shot on low-grade video equipment to reflect the media technology of the time and cuts between scripted scenes and archive footage of the time including adverts from the era and the protests in the run-up to the referendum. This results in a compelling period piece which has made “No” one of the most talked about films at the Cannes Film Festival.
Commented Tim Beddows, Network Managing Director, “We are delighted that No has picked up this coveted prize and to be working with Pablo Larrain yet again. He is one of the most intelligent filmmakers in Latin America and we look forward to building upon the success we had with Tony Manero and Post Mortem in the UK.”