One of my very favourite films of last year — and a highlight of the 2012 NZ International Film Festival — was No, the excellent third feature from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero). The Oscar-nominated film stars Mexican heartthrob Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) as a young advertising hotshot who reluctantly gets involved in the 1988 campaign to vote out Pinochet’s dictatorial regime. The subject matter might sound serious, but this is Larraín’s most upbeat and enjoyable film as well as his most stylistically bold — the director made the risky decision to shoot on an obsolete U-matic video camera, which lends an ugly graininess to the footage but helps to seamlessly integrate the archival footage and immerse the audience in the era. This is one of the most essential foreign films of last year, and A Fistful of Culture is happy to have five double passes to giveaway this week thanks to Rialto Distribution.
No is out today at Rialto Cinemas. Check out the trailer below.
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