Pablo Larraín

Chilean film director, producer and screenwriter
Pablo Larraín
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Larraín at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival
Born Pablo Larraín Matte
(1976-08-19) August 19, 1976 (age 40)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Occupation Filmmaker
Spouse(s) Antonia Zegers
Children Juana Larraín Zegers
Pascual Larraín Zegers
Parent(s) Magdalena Matte
Hernán Larraín

Pablo Larraín Matte (lah-rah-EEN; born 19 August 1976) is a Chilean filmmaker. He has directed five feature films and co-directed one television series.[1]


Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Pablo Larrain Matte was born on August 19, 1976 in Santiago, Chile, the son of law professor (and later Independent Democrat Union senator) Hernán Larraín, and Sebastián Piñera's former minister of Housing and Urbanism, Magdalena Matte. He studied audiovisual communication at the University for the Arts, Sciences, and Communication in Santiago.


He is a co-founder of Fábula, a company in which he develops his cinematic and advertising projects.[2]

He directed his first feature film in 2005; it was officially released in March 2006 and won international acclaim after winning several prizes at international film festivals, especially those of Cartagena and Málaga.[3] His following films consolidated his international success.[4]

In 2011 he began to direct a television series, Profugos.

His fourth feature film is No, in which Gael García Bernal plays the role of the owner of an advertising company who runs a campaign to vote "No" in the 1988 plebiscite that was designed to keep Augusto Pinochet in power. No was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival[5][6] where it won the Art Cinema Award.[7] The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.[8]

In 2011 Larraín co-directed the television series Prófugos, distributed by HBO Latin America.[9]

Larraín has said, "In Chile, the right, as part of the Pinochet government, is directly responsible for what happened to culture during those years, not only by destroying it or restricting its spread, but also through its persecution of writers and artists." He stated that "Chile found itself unable to express itself artistically for nearly twenty years" and also felt that "the right wing throughout the world is not very interested in culture and this reveals the ignorance that is probably theirs, because it is difficult for someone to make the most of something or to enjoy it if you have no knowledge of it".[10][11]

In 2013 he was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[12]

On March 24, 2014, The Wrap reported that Larraín is in negotiations to direct a new film version of Scarface for Universal Studios, with Paul Attanasio writing the script and 1983 version producer Martin Bregman helming the project. The new version will be set in modern-day Los Angeles and would revolve around a Mexican immigrant rising in the criminal underworld.[13] However, Larraín left the project.[14]

In 2016, Larrain reteamed with Bernal for Neruda, a biographical account of the exile of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.[15] That same year, Larrain made his English-language debut with the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis biopic Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Richard E. Grant, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt.[16] Both films received critical acclaim, with Jackie scoring numerous accolades, including Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Portman.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to the Chilean actress Antonia Zegers, with whom he has two children: Juana (2008)[17] and Pascual (2011).


As directorEdit

As producerEdit


  1. ^ Kaleem Aftab (2 April 1009). "Pablo Larraín". Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Awards for Fuga (2006) at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Dominique Casimiro (2012). Narcisse à l'écran, Bénédicte Brémard, Julie Michot & Carl Vetters, eds. "Le cinéma sans tain / teint de Pablo Larrain". Les Cahiers du Littoral (15): 69–81. 
  5. ^ Leffler, Rebecca. "Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry's 'The We & The I' to Open Director's Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  6. ^ "2012 Selection". Directors' Fortnight. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  7. ^ Ford, Rebecca (2012-05-25). "Cannes 2012: 'No' Takes Top Prize at Directors' Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Oscars: Hollywood announces 85th Academy Award nominations". BBC News. 10 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Pablo Larraín on
  10. ^ Translated from the Spanish wikipedia as of 7 march 2013
  11. ^ "Cineasta Pablo Larraín dice que la derecha es "responsable directa" del apagón cultural sufrido por el país". La Tercera. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Juries and Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "'Scarface' Remake Hires Chilean Director Pablo Larrain – But Tony Will Be Mexican (Exclusive)". The Wrap. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Formo, Brian (12 February 2017). "Director Pablo Larrain on His Additions to the 'Jackie' Narrative and Why He Left 'Scarface'". Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  15. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (19 April 2016). "Cannes: Directors' Fortnight 2016 Lineup – Laura Poitras' 'Risk', Pablo Larrain's 'Neruda', Paul Schrader's 'Dog Eat Dog'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (September 16, 2016). "Natalie Portman On 'Jackie': "She Took This Real Control Over Her Family's Story" – Toronto Studio". Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Se acabó la dulce espera de Antonia Zegers: Fue mamá". (in Spanish). 19 March 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 

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