Check out the trailer for the Oscar-nominated No! The Pablo Larran-directed Chilean film is released in the UK on February 8, before seeing a limited release across the Atlantic in the United States the week after (February 15).
Starring a relatively unknown cast, including Gael Garcia Bernal as main character Rene Saavedra, No is based on the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skarmeta and centers on the real story of the 1988 Chilean plebiscite, where the opposition won by just over half of the vote percentage. Both the play and film focus on the famous campaign whereby Chile’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet lost out on continuing to rule the country after 16 and a half years in charge. Bernal’s character is an in-demand advertising man who ends up as part of a team who create upbeat films and other forms of propaganda in order to persuade the Chilean people to finally rise up and vote to get rid of their militant leader. The trailer shows hints at this uprising, with shots of riots and protests undercutting lines that pre-suppose a general change occurring in the country.
Hotly reviewed by the critics, No is up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the 85th Academy Awards. It is set to do battle with Amour, War Witch, A Royal Affair and Kon-Tiki. Of these, Amour is strongly fancied, the Michael Haneke-directed film also up for several other categories,including Best Picture outright.