Since Telluride ran in late August, I’ve been hearing some really great things about the Chilean political drama No. (Not that there are many Chilean political dramas I could’ve named at the drop of a hat.) The praise of smart folks is, for me, more than sufficient, but with this also being winner of the Art Cinema Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and the nation’s top dog in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race, the Pablo Larraín-helmed, Gael García Bernal-starring picture has become something to watch out for.
It only seems kind of fitting, then, that I find it easy to get into the groove of No‘s trailer. I’ll admit to being sold, in some regard, upon discovering the film is in 4:3 and uses a film stock from the time — please, sue me for being a geek — but, past such superficial qualities, seeing the historicomic dimensions many have talked about on display just allows for something to click. While more Bernal is always a good thing, obviously, you’ve got a good laugh or two to take in at the same time — and how many true-life films offer that?
The trailer can be seen below (via Yahoo!):
Synopsis: When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power, the opposition persuades a young advertising executive to head its campaign. With limited resources and under scrutiny, he conceives a plan to win the election.
No will next play at the Sundance Film Festival in January; Sony Pictures Classics are expected to release the film sometime next year.
Are you sold by this preview? What about it stands out?
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