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
"Those who have a memory are able to live in the fragile present moment. Those who have none don't live anywhere." Immensely beautiful cinematography to transfer things that load you with facts, pick your brain and make you question your existence in this universe. This documentary makes one feel so uncertain about the present, yet deeply eases one's pain and asks for the motto 'live, now'. One of the bests!
It speaks the truth. Most of Latin America is stuck in the past. Reliving torments and wars. Hardly ever does anyone think of Latin America and think of the future. Some examples come to mind: Brazil. But only in terms of unexploited resources, and at the expense environmental tragedy. Latin Americans think of the past because it's all we've ever known. Looking forward, however painful letting go, should be our goal.
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
This film is about humanity’s eternal search for our origins, about our perennial quest for meaning of our lives. In our short tenure on this planet, we have always looked upward upon the vast expanses… read review