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Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia for the Light

90' 2010
dir.: Patricio Guzmán

Atacama Desert - the driest place on Earth. A paradise for astronomers and archaeologists seeking traces of Chile's dark past.

The Atacama Desert, with its perfectly clear skies and zero humidity, is a paradise for astronomers and archaeologists. The former, looking for the truth about the origins of the universe, seek the oldest light here, while the latter look for well-preserved pre-Columbian drawings, as well as ancient remains of animals and people. However, the Atacama also holds traces of a much closer past – ruins of a Pinochet-era concentration camp, and the bodies of its victims. Vicky and Violeta are still looking for their loved ones here. Guzmán's cinematic essay about longing and memory in its cosmic, political and human dimensions is unforgettable, possibly because of shockingly beautiful telescopic images of the cosmos and Martian-like desert landscapes. Awarded the European Film Award for the best documentary film and recognized as one of the most outstanding works of Latin American documentary filmmaking, "Nostalgia for the Light" is a real treat for lovers of cinema, astronomy, archaeology, history and poetry. 

Maciej Nowicki 

2010 Festival de Cannes
2010 Era Nowe Horyzonty
2010 San Sebastian IFF
2010 DocLisboa
2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest
2010 Jihlava IFF
Tickets and passes
90' 2010 France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain
Patricio Guzmán
Katell Djian
Patricio Guzmán, Emmanuelle Joly
Atacama Productions, Blinker Filmproduktion, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk