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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

France / Germany / Chile, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Our Space)

Director: Patricio Guzman

An extraordinary viewing experience that has to be seen on the big screen.

With this film, set in one of the driest place in the world - Chile's Atacam desert - filmmaker Patricio Guzmán uses the desertscape and the skies above it for a meditation on space, time, history and politics.

Guzmán's search occurs on parallel planes - the celestial and the terrestrial. While astronomers scour the clear skies for signs of light, life and clues into our origins, a group of determined women, the mothers and wives of political prisoners who have ‘disappeared' search the desert by hand for any human remains.

“The beauty of Nostalgia is that the many metaphors and surprising parallels between the universe, archaeology and Chile's recent past rise organically from the material… The idea that the universal truths can be found by focusing on local details is again proven here.” - Variety

D/S Patricio Guzman P Renate Sachse WS Pyramide International L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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