The Orchard has nabbed U.S. rights to Cannes Director’s Fortnight entry Neruda. Pablo Larraín directs with Gael Garcia Bernal starring as a government inspector on the hunt for famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda during a crackdown on Communist sympathisers. Participant co-financed the film, with CAA repping the domestic rights.
Larraín also has Jackie, the Jackie Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman, screening a promo for buyers in the market.
Garcia Bernal stars opposite Luis Gnecco and Mercedes Moran. Funny Balloons is handling international sales, closing deals with Wild Bunch Distribution in France, Piffl Medien in Germany/Austria, Good Films in Italy, and Network Distributing in the U.K., Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Alambique in Portugal and Filmcoopi in Switzerland. Fox distributes in Chile. Co-producer Setembro Films holds Spanish rights with Argentine producer AZ Films holding Argentinian rights.
Producers are Larraín, Peter Danner, Renan Artukmaç, Alex Zito, Juan Pablo García, Ignacio Rey, Gastón Rothschild, and Fernanda del Nido. Pic was exec produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media, Marc Simoncini, Mariane Hartard, and Rocio Jadue. Larrain is repped by CAA and Management 360.