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Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia de la luz

Directed by Patricio Guzmán
Chile, Spain, 2010
Documentary, Drama


The Atacama desert sky is so clear that scientists can see out into the universe. It is also a place where the heat preserves human remains. As astronomers gather in search of alien life, so do a group of women, digging for their relatives who disappeared under Chile’s dictatorship.

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Nostalgia for the Light Directed by Patricio Guzmán

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2010 | Winner: Prix Chalais (Special Screening)

Toronto International Film Festival

2010 | Winner: Audience Award

2010 | 2nd place: People's Choice Award (Documentary)

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | 3rd place: Best Documentary Feature Film

Guzmán finds new methods of excavation and new ways in which to combine found materials, the manifest metaphor—the dialogue within and between in his films—ultimately exemplifying that when correlations are causations, in time’s current and Guzman’s body of work, nothing ever really ends.
April 06, 2016
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Theretofore his most formally ambitious film, Nostalgia is more overtly philosophical than his previous films, and feels like a thematic culmination… Within this biting irony, Guzman meditates on the ideas of memory, history and existence that flow as undercurrents through his entire body of work.
January 03, 2016
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A film in which the author of one of the most visceral of vérité documents reveals a cosmic perspective that’s also evident in some of the short films in Icarus’s box – and the aspiring sci-fi writer is reunited with the indefatigable chronicler of Chilean history.
October 30, 2015

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