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


  • 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 & Script: Patricio Guzmán
Production: Renate Sachse
Production Company: Atacama Productions
Editing: Emmanuelle Joly
Cinematography: Samuel Lahu
Music: Miranda Y Tobar

Source: Pyramid Films


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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