Many didn’t think it was possible — saying no to Gen. Augusto Pinochet. But after more than a decade-long bloody dictatorship, Chileans did just that during a 1988 plebiscite that overthrew the general who took the South American country’s reins in a U.S.-backed coup.
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín’s Larraín’s Oscar-nominated film “No,” which opens in Austin on Friday, hones in on the crucial role of the “Vote No” advertising campaign that helped pave Chile’s path to democracy. Playing René Saavedra, a savvy, fictionalized advertising executive tapped to lead the victorious campaign, is acclaimed Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. Bernal deftly explores the layers of the character’s complexity, including his political apathy.
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