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EL CONDE Trailer: Pablo Larrain’s Satire Imagines Augusto Pinochet as a Vampire

In many of his films, Pablo Larrain has immersed us in the turbulent times of Chile. From his psychological character study Tony Manero to his Oscar-nominated No, he has captured the lives of Chileans living under the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet. But now, he has made Pinochet a character in his latest film, though not the way history books might have him down. El Conde (The Count) follows the infamous dictator (Jaime Vadell) in an alternate universe, one where he is 250 years old… and is a vampire. It is set to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, followed by a September 15 launch on Netflix.

The film follows the centuries-old Pinochet at a point in his life where he is at a crossroads, and decides to finally die. From there, he tries to sort out his inheritance with his adult children while those around him deal with domestic issues and hidden agenda. It also stars Gloria Münchmeyer, Alfredo Castro, Paula Luchsinger, Catalina Guerra, Marcial Tagle, Amparo Noguera, Diego Muñoz, and Antonia Zegers. Larrain co-wrote it with his frequent collaborator Guillermo Calderón. It was shot in crisp black-and-white by the one-and-only Ed Lachman.

See the trailer and poster below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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