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Sony Pictures Acquired Cannes Hit ‘No,’ starring Gael García Bernal

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 05/22/2012

Gael García Bernal



Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Gael García Bernal & Pablo Larraín’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sensation, ‘NO’ from financier Participant Media in association with Funny Balloons and Fabula.

‘NO’ stars Gael García Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Néstor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell and Pascal Montero. The film is one of the best received films in Cannes with raves from critics following the first screening in Director’s Fortnight.

Directed by Pablo Larraín (Post Mortem, Tony Manero) from a screenplay by Pedro Peirano (TheMaid), NO is produced by Juan de Diós Larraín and Daniel Dreifuss and executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.

Based on a true story, when Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.


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