DIFF 2016 Movie Preview: Neruda

The 13th Dubai International Film Festival is finally upon us!

This year’s eight day festival is taking place from Dec. 7-14, featuring the best the U.A.E. and Arab countries have on offer, Hollywood Oscar-bait and critically acclaimed films from around the world. Special events include conversations with Samuel L. Jackson and a showcase of new hit sci-fi TV show “Westworld” with star Jeffrey Wright.

We will be previewing some of the best films DIFF 2016 is screening each day, so make sure to check out our latest update every morning.

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Playing: Thursday, Dec. 8, 3:15 P.M and                 Friday, Dec. 9. 2:45 P.M.

Coming from renowned Chilean director Pablo Larraín, “Neruda” is a semi-fictional account of the hunt of fugitive titular poet and communist Pablo Neruda in 1940s Chile. The Spanish-language thriller disguised as a biopic features a cast of well-known Chilean actors with the high profile exception of Gael García Bernal, who plays the inspector hot on the heels of the poet on the run (the Mexican actor starred in an earlier Larraín film, “No”.)


Never an easy watch, a Larraín film always explores the uncomfortable and challenges its audience. His 2015 film “The Club” tackled the controversial issue of the Catholic Church’s cover-ups of many of its priests’ illicit and reprehensible behaviour. This time, Larraín takes his unconventional style and dark humour to a topic very close to home.

A Nobel Prize winner and legend in South America today, the eccentric Pablo Neruda has a story that shows us the power and resilience of words. Railing against the repression of Communism and leftist politics at the hands of Chilean President Gabriel González Videla, Neruda became an enemy of a state that no longer represented all its citizens, taking a stand that echoes that of oppressed peoples around the world.

“Neruda” arrives in Dubai with almost universal praise from critics and has officially been selected as the Chilean entry for Best Foreign Language film at next year’s Oscars. Larraín has one more film playing at DIFF as well, the Natalie Portman-starring biopic of John F. Kennedy’s wife, “Jackie”. If you’re a Larraín fan, make sure to catch both!


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