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)

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  • The film will be available from 3/9 at 12AM until 12/9 at 12AM

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Meet the Filmmakers

  • Filmmaker Patricio Guzmán in conversation with Dr. Ohad Landesman

    Wed 02.09 at 15:00

Director: Patricio Guzmán
Production: Renate Sachse
Production Company: Atacama Productions
Editing: Patricio Guzmán & Emmanuelle Joly
Cinematography: Katell Djian
Script: Patricio Guzman
Music: Miranda & Tobar
: Freddy Gonzales



Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Santiago de Chile. He studied at the Official Film School in Madrid where he specialized in documentary cinema. His work is regularly selected for and awarded prizes by international festivals. In 1973 he filmed “The Battle of Chile”, a five-hour documentary about Allende’s period of government and its fall. The American magazine CINEASTE, described it as “one of the 10 best political films in the world”. After the coup d’état, Guzmán was arrested and spent two weeks in the Santiago National Stadium where he was threatened with simulated executions on several occasions. He left the country in1973 and moved to Cuba, then Spain and France, where he made other films: “In the Name of God” (on liberation theology during the Chilean dictatorship), “The Southern Cross” (about popular religion in Latin America), “Barriers of Solitude” (about the historical memory of a small Mexican village) “Obstinate Memory” (about political amnesia in Chile), “The Pinochet Case” (about Pinochet’s trial in London and Santiago), « Madrid » (an intimate journey to the heart of the city), « Salvador Allende», (a personal portrait). In 2005 he made « My Jules Verne ». Between 2006 and 2010, he developed « Nostalgia for the Light» and five short films about astronomy and historical memory. He currently chairs the International Documentary Film Festival in Santiago Chile (FIDOCS) that he founded in 1997.

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