By Karen Posada
Today in Cannes Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it has acquired all the rights for the movie ‘NO’, from the sensational Chilean director Pablo Larraín. With Pedro Peirano as scriptwriter, produced by Juan de Diós Larraín and Daniel Dreifuss and executive directors Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.
This has been one of the best films received by critics in the festival. One of the best Mexican actors known in the world of Hollywood, Gael García Bernal joins a Chilean cast: Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Néstor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell and Pascal Montero.
The movie is based on the true story when the Chilean military dictator, Augusto Pinochet was dealing with international pressure, he asked for a referendum to his presidency in 1988. Leaders from the opposite side convince a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal) to lead their campaign. With deficient resources and constant surveillance from the tyrant’s men, Saavedra and his team create a courageous plan to win the elections and free their country from oppression.
Sony Pictures Classics said that the movie is based on an energetic drama that is masterfully appealing about politics and power, which makes the brain think while it is entertained. Surely ‘NO’ will make Pablo Larraín a known international director and we will see Gael García Bernal in one of his best performances yet.
Participant Media, the company that promoted the film until now and has partnered with Sony Pictures Classics, says Larrín and García are an incomparable team and have created an inspiring film. Lastly the CEO of the company Jim Berk said he was sure that Sony Pictures Classics was the best company to introduce audiences from the United States to the film.