Patricio Guzman

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Salvador Allende

From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador (...)

Nostalgia For The Light

In Chile, at three thousand metres altitude, astronomers from all over the world gather together in the Atacama desert to observe the stars. The desert sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. It is also a (...)

THE PEARL BUTTON

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret (...)

Biography

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.