Political satire is a double-edged sword. When it works, it really stands out. When it doesn’t, it’s suicide. No, a Best Foreign Language Film nominee from Chile, cuts like a knife. It’s the unusual story of the marketing campaign launched in that country in 1988 to help bounce the ruthless Augusto Pinochet from office. That alone would make for a good film, but No is entirely self-aware, casting faces we see in the actual “No” campaign into the fabric of the film, shot 25 years later. A fine performance by Gael Garcia Bernal as the ad exec behind the campaign anchors the film, which was shot on three-quarter-inch videotape, the kind common in TV news at the time, making No a unique-looking unique look at history.
Director: Pablo Larraín
Producer: Juan Dios, Daniel Dreifuss, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco, Antonia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Néstor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell, Pascal Montero and Alejandro Goic