10 Must-See Movies at the 2016 New York Film Festival

The titles we recommend seeking out – either at the festival, or at your local art house in the months to come.

Neruda

There are many ways to tell true stories, and no doubt director Pablo Larraín could’ve given us a straight-forward account of the Chilean Communist poet Pablo Neruda, and his period of exile and escape in the late 1940s. Instead, he puts this story in the hands of Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal, in a great hat and a better mustache), who fancies himself the hero of it, filling his voice-over with hardboiled tough talk and fantasy scenes of women falling at his feet. And then he breaks that device into pieces. It’s a robust bit of deconstruction, rendering the entire movie wild and unpredictable without diluting its questions or its quest.