Chile / France 2019, 85 min, Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
The Andes that shield Chile, but also leave it isolated, are the Cordillera for which this film is named. For filmmaker Patricio Guzmán, these mountains are the wall that stands between him and his dreams of a homeland he left 46 years ago. The mysterious and magnificent landscape is a part of his cinematic homesick lament for Chile, which he revisits for the first time since fleeing in fear of the government’s persecution of liberals and artists. The memories and attempted reconstructions of life before the military coup are interwoven with archive footage by Pablo Salas, who stayed in Chile and documented the protests and the authorities’ violence. Together, Guzmán and Salas contemplate the future that the next generation might dare to dream of for their country. The film won the best documentary award at Cannes 2019.
Previous Festivals: Karlovy Vary, Cannes, TIFF