70 Directors for Venice 70
- PABLO LARRAÍN
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Born in Santiago, Chile in 1976, he is considered one of the leading figures in the new generation of Chilean filmmakers. He studied Audiovisual Communication at UNIACC University. He is a founding member of Fabula, a company specialized in film and advertisement production. In 2005 he directed his first feature-length film, Fuga, released in Chilean theatres in March 2006. In 2007 he worked on his second feature-length film Tony Manero, for which he also co-authored the screenplay with Alfredo Castro (who is also the star) and Mateo Iribarren, set during the Pinochet regime: the film had its world premiere at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes in 2008, and won the Torino Film Festival that year, along with many other awards. The author relies on a narrative approach to explore the consequences of the dictatorship on the people, filtered through the individual private point of view of his characters; he continues his investigation in Post Mortem, set during the coup d’état in Chile and presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. The trilogy on the dictatorship closed in 2012 with the release of No, presented at both the Cannes and Locarno Film Festivals and nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film: it is the story of young advertiser René Saavedra (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), who was hired by the leaders of the Chilean opposition to support the “No” side when in 1988, Pinochet was forced by international pressure to call a plebiscite on his presidency.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
2010 – Post Mortem – In Competition (screenplay, director)