An Oscar for Chile?

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal stars in "No."

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal stars in “No.”

For the first time in the history of the Oscars a Chilean movie has joined the roll of nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Pablo Larrain’s “No,” about the campaign to defeat dictator General Augusto Pinochet in the 1988 one-man presidential plebiscite, was one of 71 entries this year, making it to the short list of nine films under consideration and has now been named as one of five final nominees.

The film uses archival footage from the series of nightly 15-minute television broadcasts the “No” and “Si” campaigns aired the month prior to the vote, and here, courtesy of You Tube, is the first of the “No” programs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUNB_PxP6i8 .

And one from the “Si” campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm7PkPNr0-A.

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