Chile / France / Germany 2010, 90 min, Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
The Atacama Desert in Chile. While astronomers try to decipher how the universe came to be millions of years ago, mothers and sisters of the victims of Pinochet try to find the bodies of their loved ones from the-not-so-distant-past. This unique desert has extremely dry conditions The bodies buried in the sand can be preserved for thousands of years while the sky is crystal clear allowing perfect star-gazing. Director Patricio Guzmán, who specialized in political films, poetically brings together the astronomers, who have built the largest telescope in the world for the desert, and the women who dig day after day not far from them, looking for the remains of their loved ones, and refuse to let the evils of the past be forgotten.
Previous Festivals: Cannes (Winner of the François Chalais Prize), Munich IFF, Jihlava IDFF, TIFF (2nd Audience Award (documentary)