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Interview: Director Pablo Larrain On The Unique Aesthetic Of 'No' & Working With Star Gael García Bernal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2013 2:05 PM
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We've had the usual rotten start to moviegoing in 2013, but this Friday brings the first truly great film of 2013 in the shape of Pablo Larrain's "No." The third film from Chilean director Pablo Larrain following the excellent "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem," it again delves into the history of the country during the time when it was ruled by the dictator General Pinochet. But in something of a break from his previous work, the film is a warm and human comedy that follows an advertising executive (Gael García Bernal) who's enlisted to aid the campaign to vote 'No' in the 1988 referendum to keep Pinochet as leader.

Relativity Media Breaks Records Acquiring Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon's Addiction' For Summer Release

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2013 3:19 PM
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Now that the acquisitions floodgates are open, the buys keep piling up like it's Black Friday in studio shopping baskets, and this afternoon has brought news of the biggest deal yet at the festival, with Variety the first trade to report that Relativity Media are set to put down a what may be a record-breaking sum for "Don Jon's Addiction," the raunchy comedy that marks the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film also stars the "Looper" actor as a modern-day New Jersey Casanova, who's unable to form real relationships with women due to his porn addiction, but begins to soften up after meeting two women, a younger girl (Scarlett Johansson) and an older classmate (Julianne Moore), and we'd picked it out as one of the films likely to spark off a bidding war.

Watch: Grand Spanish-Language Trailer For Pablo Larrain's Cannes Sensation 'No'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 25, 2012 9:38 AM
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Despite walking away from the Croisette as one of the most talked-about films -- earning the top prize at the Directors' Fortnight -- things have been quiet since for Pablo Larrain's "No." But with the fall festival season around the corner, the film will be making a victory lap, and a Spanish language trailer has arrived to give you a peek at what you can expect.

Exclusive: New Images Of Gael Garcia Bernal In Pablo Larrain's Cannes Hit 'No'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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He's still relatively little-known in the U.S, but we've become huge fans of Chilean director Pablo Larrain over the last few years. The director first came on the scene with the excellent "Tony Manero," and followed it up a few years back with the equally good, but very different "Post Mortem." Neither received more than a perfunctory release in the States, but that may be about to change; Larrain's closing out his self-described trilogy looking at his birthplace under the rule of General Augusto Pinochet with "No," which premieres in Un Certain Regard at Cannes tonight, and stars international star Gael Garcia Bernal.

Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna Produce New Film By 'Leap Year' Director Michael Rowe

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 3, 2012 10:27 AM
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There's a new wing at the mental hospital, one that few people know about. Netflix subscribers that were looking for a carefree, Jim Ferguson-approved romantic comedy available on Instant Watch instead stumbled upon a title with an uncompromising look at sex. No Amy Adams, just golden showers and sadomasochism. No cure has been discovered for these now-comatose victims, visitation is prohibited, and Netflix has been required to differentiate the two movies in question by forcing Michael Rowe's "Leap Year" to include its Spanish title, Año Bisiesto, nestled in parentheses immediately following its English name.

Gael Garcia Bernal To Team With Chilean Helmer Pablo Larrain For Political Satire 'No'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 12, 2011 4:15 AM
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Mexican thesp Gael Garcia Bernal is set to team with Chilean director Pablo Larrain ("Post Mortem," "Tony Manero") for a political satire which will see the actor play an advertising executive who "changes the course of history."

Watch: Will Ferrell Is Still Hilarious In Spanish, Trailer For 'House Of My Father'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 8:26 AM
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We have to say, we're pretty impressed by Will Ferrell's ability to speak Spanish, and while we were initially a little bit in the dark about what this mysterious project, "Casa de mi padre" (aka "House of My Father") -- a front-to-back Spanish language comedy featuring the funnyman -- would turn out to be, the first trailer is just plain hilarious.

Johnny Depp Won't Play Pancho Villa For Emir Kusturica; Gael Garcia Bernal & Benicio Del Toro Might

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2011 2:00 AM
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We're sure our kids won't believe us when we tell them, decades from now, but once upon a time, Johnny Depp was an oddball character actor. Sure, he'd occasionally take a studio paycheck gig, like "Nick of Time" and "The Astronaut's Wife," but for the most part, his career was made up of interesting projects with acclaimed directors with Jim Jarmusch, Sally Potter and Roman Polanski being among his collaborators.

Martin Scorsese's Next Picture Won't Be 'Wolf Of Wall Street'; Jesuit Priest Drama 'Silence' Is Next

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 17, 2011 12:35 AM
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We just got off the e-horn with Martin Scorsese's publicist. While Vulture is partly correct that Scorsese is once again attached to "The Wolf of Wall Street" with Leonardo DiCaprio, the New York blog only has half the picture down. That drama about the rise and fall of Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort is not next, nor is it shooting this summer.

Review: Spanish Oscar Submission 'Even the Rain' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

  • By Leah Zak
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  • January 24, 2011 4:35 AM
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The film about filmmaking is a theme that has certainly been visited before -- as visual mediums go, movies seem to love taking the opportunity to talk extensively about their glamorous selves -- but “Even the Rain,” a picture that could easily fall into the action genre as well, takes its navel-gazing to a bit of a deeper level; not so much a send up of the truly ridiculous elements that go into the making of any film (see our coverage of The Envelope’s Director’s Roundtable for proof of that) but more of a motif and palette from which to explore two different times, but with eerily similar injustices towards basic human rights.

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