Larraín’s No: A Tale of Neoliberalism

  • María Paz Peirano


This chapter analyzes the case of the film No (Pablo Larraín, 2012), drawing on the results of a long-term multi-sited ethnography of the Chilean field of film production. Accused of being both reactionary and a piece of left-wing propaganda, the film motivated an unprecedented public debate about the experience of neoliberalism in Chile and its relation to film production. This chapter explores this national reception, considering the film’s conditions of production and circulation, its narrative of historical events and the local expectations for Chilean political cinema. It argues that No has an ambiguous and complex relationship with neoliberalism, which highlights the contradictory nature of the Chilean field of film production as it has been increasingly professionalized and internationalized under the logics of late capitalism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Paz Peirano
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  1. 1.Universidad de ChileSantiago de ChileChile

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