No (2012 film)

  • Gael García Bernal: Rene Saavedra
  • Alfredo Castro: Luis Guzmán
  • Luis Gnecco: José Tomás Urrutia
  • Antonia Zegers: Veronica Carvajal
  • Marcial Tagle: Costa
  • Néstor Cantillana Fernando
  • Jaime Vadell: Minister
  • Pascal Montero: Simón
  • Elsa Poblete: Carmen
  • Diego Muñoz Carlos

No! (Original title: No ) is a feature film Chilean director Pablo Larraín from 2012 The film is based on the unpublished play El plebiscito by Antonio Skarmeta. .

At the 85th Academy Awards, he was nominated as the first Chilean film ever for an Oscar for best foreign language film.


The film describes with fictional characters and with the aid of original material to work on the campaign of the opponents of Augusto Pinochet prior to the national referendum in 1988. According to the Constitution of 1980, a vote on the extension of the term Pinochet was provided by a further eight years. Under pressure from the international community, the opponents of the dictatorship in the weeks before the election was granted a 15-minute airtime on state television daily.

The advertising specialist Rene Saavedra is hired by the union of the opposition as a consultant for the campaign. With classic strategies of the advertising industry, he tried the apparently superior military junta to stand up. He has to contend not only with threats and intimidation of the state apparatus, but also with resistance from their own ranks.

At the end of Pinochet loses against all expectations the vote with 44 to 56 percent of the vote. It seems as if the No campaign have kept with their slogan but rather: " Chile, the joy awaits us! "


After Tony Manero (2008) and Post Mortem ( 2010), No! already the third film Larrain, which deals with the history of the military dictatorship in Chile.

In order to embed the original commercials and other archive material without aesthetic breakthroughs in the film, the director decided to include all newly shot scenes with U-matic video cameras in the 4:3 aspect ratio. The proportion of the archive material is in the final version of almost 30%.

The film premiered on 18 May 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival and was shown subsequently in other major festivals such as Locarno, Sundance and Toronto. The German theatrical release took place on 7 March 2013. On German film posters and the notation " ¡ NO! " Was used.

The dialogue book for the German synchronization have been written by Masen Abou- Dakn. Dialogue directed by Erik Paulsen.


The film was shot mostly positive from both the German and the English-language criticism.

" ( In No! ) Is the campaign political weapon of the opposition, study material and a metaphor. Larraín uses the tension between historically accurate research and the preparation of narrative formulas sent and fired the witty told David -versus- Goliath story with quotes from real life. Especially with advertising pieces that occupy a third of the film time and make today the creeps as bizarre satire. "

" Larrain third work for Pinochet regime is as absurd as casually as the rainbow colorful feelgood campaign that brings the no- win."

Awards (selection)

  • Academy Awards 2013: Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film
  • International Film Festival of Cannes 2012: Art Cinema Award from the CICAE
  • Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema Havana: Grand Coral for Best Picture
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Audience Award
  • Tromsø International Film Festival: Audience Award