In Chile, at three thousand metres altitude, astronomers from all over the world gather together in the Atacama desert to observe the stars. The desert sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. It is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of the mummies, explorers and miners. But also the remains of the dictatorship’s political prisoners. Whilst the astronomers examine the most distant galaxies in search of probable extraterrestrial life, at the foot of the observatories a group of women are digging through the desert soil in search of their disappeared relatives…
Patricio Guzmán is born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile. He attends the Official Cinematography School in Madrid, where he dedicates his studies to documentary film. His films are regularly selected and awarded prizes at international festivals. In 1973 he films “The Battle of Chile”, a 5-hour documentary on the end of Allende’s government. The magazine CINEASTE nominates it as “one of the ten best political films in the world”. After the military coup, Guzmán is threatened to be executed and spends two weeks arrested inside the national stadium, unable to communicate his whereabouts to anyone. He leaves the country in November 1973. He lives in Cuba, Spain and then France, where he makes “In the Name of God” (Grand Prize, Festival of Popoli, 1987), “The Southern Cross” (Grand Prize, Festival Vue Sur les Docs, Marseille, 1992), “Chile, Obstinate Memory” (Grand Prize Festival of Tel Aviv, 1999), “The Pinochet Case” (International Critic’s Week, Cannes, 2002), and “Salvador Allende” (Official… read more
we set out with hope, and return with our heads hanging. they took him away whole, i don't want just a piece of him.
NFTL uses metaphor more skillfully, complexly, beautifully, than any other film I can recall.
Patricio Guzman has the born documentarist's eye for making familiar things seem uncanny and revelatory simply by how he films them. The star-footage is ravishingly beautiful, and poetically linked to the determined memory-work of honoring the Chilean people tortured and killed by the bastard Pinochet. A film that is finally life-affirming even in the midst of sorrow.
Moving Image Source’s “Moments of 2011,” Reverse Shot‘s top ten, the NYT’s awards season package and, of course, more.
Producers Guild nominations, two controversial docs in Italy and more films in theaters Stateside.
Tonight sees the largest full moon in 18 years. Take a look at a shot of our natural satellite taken from the Atacama Desert in Chile. Damon
Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Santiago de Chile. He studied at the Official Film School in Madrid where he specialized in documentary
Just five titles in today's entry in a series of roundups wrapping Toronto (as opposed to the 30+ in yesterday's Contemporary World Cinema
"There's much to celebrate and highlight as Wavelengths reaches its decade of existence." That's Andréa Picard, film programmer for TIFF
There are more reviews and interviews still to come, but the coverage-of-the-coverage phase wraps up right here with a last round on films
Patricio Guzman s’est fait connaître en consacrant sa carrière à réaliser des documentaires sur le Chili et plus particulièrement sur la dictature sous Pinochet ou sur Salvador Allende. Nostalgie de… read review