Can ousting a dictator be as simple as just saying "No"? Well, maybe it's a little more complicated than that, but this new movie starring Gael Garcia Bernal is going to show us how one little word helped kick Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet to the curb.
In 1988, the people of Chile took part in a referendum to vote simply yes or no to continue Pinochet's rule for another eight years. Although this set-up was intended to keep Pinochet in charge, the people voted him out. (Read more about it here.) Garcia Bernal will play an ad exec behind the famous "No" campaign.
"Garcia Bernal's character will be the guy who had the idea of using a nice, happy, positive message instead a dark one… That's why they won: They didn't attack Pinochet. They just promised a better and nicer future," director Pablo Larrain told Variety.
Garcia Bernal is also working behind the scenes on "No." His production company with longtime friend and occasional costar Diego Luna is on board as a co-producer. Canana Films is also the production company behind the critically acclaimed thriller "Miss Bala" and Larrain's movie "Post Morten," as well as Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre."
"No" is set to start filming on November 3, although US producer Daniel Dreifuss is still drumming up fundage for the flick. Folks who like political dramas like "Wag the Dog" and "In the Loop" should be chomping at the bit for "No."
Meanwhile, keep an eagle eye out for Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's onscreen reunion in the bizarro "Casa de mi Padra" with Will Ferrell!