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, 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.
In 1948, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached by President Videla. Policeman Óscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, but they are forced into hiding. In the struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau, Neruda sees an opportunity to reinvent himself and recognizes a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.
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