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Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia de la luz

Directed by Patricio Guzmán
Chile, Spain, 2010
Documentary, Drama


The Atacama desert sky is so clear that scientists can see out into the universe. It is also a place where the heat preserves human remains. As astronomers gather in search of alien life, so do a group of women, digging for their relatives who disappeared under Chile’s dictatorship.

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Nostalgia for the Light Directed by Patricio Guzmán

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2010 | Winner: Prix Chalais (Special Screening)

Toronto International Film Festival

2010 | Winner: Audience Award

2010 | 2nd place: People's Choice Award (Documentary)

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | 3rd place: Best Documentary Feature Film

Guzmán finds new methods of excavation and new ways in which to combine found materials, the manifest metaphor—the dialogue within and between in his films—ultimately exemplifying that when correlations are causations, in time’s current and Guzman’s body of work, nothing ever really ends.
April 06, 2016
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A film in which the author of one of the most visceral of vérité documents reveals a cosmic perspective that’s also evident in some of the short films in Icarus’s box – and the aspiring sci-fi writer is reunited with the indefatigable chronicler of Chilean history.
October 30, 2015
High-concept metaphors like these are risky, to say the least, but Nostalgia builds to an epiphanic force on the basis of precise, symmetrical contrasts: networks of dunes and systems of stars; examining planets through a telescope and looking through a magnifying glass at a shoe, a skull or a bone; the discovery of a distant nebula and the discovery of a tooth among millions of grains of sand.
June 23, 2015
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