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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Nostalgia for the Light

Patricio GUZMÁN

  • Chile, France, Germany
  • 2010
  • 90min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

The man who directed the legendary documentary film The Battle for Chile, which depicted the start of the Salvador Allende government, the hope of the people of Chile, and its despairing end in a military coup - all with a running time of 4 hours and 30 minutes - has returned. The camera of Patricio Guzman, previously full of rage and passion as a die-hard socialist in his early 30s, is now further imbued with experience, deep introspection and poetic aesthetics. The earlier rage is still present, yet mastery skill to dissolve faith on optimism delivering hope is also present. This film is a marvelous masterpiece that exudes the authority of selection for the Cannes Film Festival competition and European Film Academy Award. Many astronomers from all over the world explore the stars and the boundary of the Earth and the universe in Chile’s untamed Atacama desert, at an observatory located 3000 meters above the sea level. The presence of the scorching sun inspires the curiosity of archeologists about the presence of explorers, miners and well-preserved mummies. However, that is not all. Many bodies of political prisoners, arrested and disappeared by Pinochet, are scattered all over. The beautiful and brilliant universe is swallowed up in the maelstrom of modern Chilean history, and the film becomes the story of people who longed for revolution. Parents, children and lovers of survived ones tell the story of the stars and the universe, dreams and downfalls, the past and the future. The sad stories loftily unfold through images of reverent objects, masterly editing aesthetics interweaving the past and present, and lyrical voice-over narration. It is an amazing film that seems to enable one to feel the beauty of documentary with all five senses. (JEONG Minah)

Review

Director

  • Patricio GUZMÁN

    Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941. He is a Chilean documentary film director. He is internationally renowned for films such as The Battle of Chile and Salvador Allende. Guzmán also teaches documentary film classes in Europe and Latin America, and is the founder and director of the International Documentary Festival of Santiago (FIDOCS). He currently lives in France.Nostalgia for the Light was the winner of Best Documentary at the Prix ARTE, 2010 European Film Academy Awards.  Nostalgia for the Light (2010) Salvador Allende (2004) The Pinochet Case (2001) Chile, the Obstinate Memory (1997) The Battle for Chile (1975-1979)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerRenate SACHSE
  • Cinematography Katell DJIAN
  • Editor Patricio GUZMÁN, Emmanuelle JOLY
  • Music Miranda, Tobar
  • Sound Freddy GONZALES

Distributor / World Sales

Distribution / World Sales  Pyramide International

Address  5, rue du Chevalier de Saint George - 75008 Paris, France

Tel  33 1 42 96 02 20

E-mail  pricher@pyramidefilms.com​