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Patricio Guzmán: Memory Works

Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán’s unique body of films has largely chronicled a single broad subject over four decades: the events that have shaped the modern history of his country. In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende’s government was brought down in a bloody coup that propelled General Augusto Pinochet to power. From his self-exile in Europe, Guzmán’s response was THE BATTLE OF CHILE, a passionate recounting of the last year in the life of the first democratically elected Socialist in Latin America. Since then, the repercussions of the coup—social, political, economic, and personal—have been the subject of a cinematic exploration that has telescoped into a universal inquiry into the nature of history and memory and the essence of cinema itself. Opening the series is Guzmán’s newest film NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, a hypnotically evocative cosmic mediation on how the past—all pasts—are ever-present. “The only eternal lesson to be had is to study the past, so that we won’t repeat it. ... Chile is a country that doesn’t take responsibility for what it has done. When it comes to the past, many people say, ‘It wasn’t me, I didn’t see it, I wasn’t there.’ It’s like no one was responsible for what occurred. There is no daily reminder.”—Patricio Guzmán.



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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
CHILE, 2010

In Chile’s high Atacama Desert, astronomers peer through skies so clear that they can see to the boundaries of the known universe. Meanwhile, at the foot of the observatory, women dig through the soil in search of the earthly—the “disappeared” victims of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, their remains mummified by the hot, dry climate. Famed for his political films, Guzmán once again exhumes Chile’s past in a poetic and visually stunning meditation that draws parallels between the nature of time, perception, and memory. “When astronomers look at the heavens, they peer directly into the past, this idea extrapolated to everything people see. The many metaphors and surprising parallels between the universe, archaeology, and Chile’s recent past rise organically from the material, and the idea that universal truths can be found by focusing on local details is again proven.”—Variety. (90 mins.)

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THE BATTLE OF CHILE: PART ONE
THE INSURRECTION OF THE BOURGEOISIE
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
CHILE/CUBA/FRANCE, 1975

One of the most riveting documentary accounts of history in the making, THE BATTLE OF CHILE began as an attempt to document Salvadore Allende’s revolutionary experiment in social justice in its formative stages. A 31-year-old Guzmán, fresh out of film school in Madrid, led a team of cameramen into the streets of Santiago and outlying towns to capture the different sides forming for and against the visionary leader. The first part focuses not on Allende or his progressive government, but rather on the middle class resistance to Allende’s program that would eventually empower and inspire the military uprising. Offering singular insight into the disintegration of Allende’s regime, Guzmán crafts a mesmerizing vérité account of Allende’s fall energized by the vivid voices of Chilean citizens. “The major political film of our time.”—Village Voice. (96 mins.)

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THE BATTLE OF CHILE: PART TWO
THE COUP D’ÉTAT
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
CHILE/CUBA/FRANCE, 1976

The second part of THE BATTLE OF CHILE begins with the Chilean military’s first attempted coup in June 1973 and tracks the steady deterioration of Allende’s position across the last months leading up to September 11. Focusing on Allende’s attempts to stave off the splintering of his party from within, THE COUP D’ÉTAT captures the frightening escalation of violence that began in the streets and climaxed in the fatal bombing of the presidential palace by the CIA-backed military. Especially chilling are the transparency of the military maneuvers against the President-Elect and the ways in which Allende’s sworn enemies and eventually even his supporters openly acknowledge that a coup d’état is inevitable. (88 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with THE BATTLE OF CHILE: PART ONE)

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CHILE, OBSTINATE MEMORY
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
CHILE, 1997

CHILE, OBSTINATE MEMORY chronicles the director’s return to his native land with a copy of THE BATTLE OF CHILE and the determination to understand exactly how Allende’s fall and legacy were being remembered by different generations of Chileans. Sharing his epic film with survivors of the coup d’état and its terrible aftermath, Guzmán awakens memories of the past and stirs one group toward a powerful act of defiant remembrance. Building to a moving climax, Guzmán shows his film to a group of young students who are shocked and overwhelmed by their first encounter with a history that had been denied for so long. (58 mins.)

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MADRID
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
FRANCE, 2002

A lyrical essay film, MADRID offers a spirited meditation on place and tradition that focuses upon the city where Guzmán first studied cinema and where he found sanctuary after fleeing Chile. A poetic exploration of the particularly Spanish rhythms of the city, Guzmán finds equal interest in the intimate conversations of the cafés and in the enigmatic shadows captured by his ever-curious camera. (41 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 8, 2011
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THE PINOCHET CASE
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
FRANCE, 2001

While living in London in 1998, a surprised Augusto Pinochet was arrested for his past human rights abuses—the first head of state to be charged with crimes against humanity. The dramatic turn of events provided the opportunity for Guzmán to not only chronicle the proceedings, but to document the testimony of victims, the protests of Pinochet supporters, and the insights of an international legal community wrestling with notions of justice. With subtlety and the greatest respect for the victims, Guzmán allows the harrowing tales of suffering to tell the story of the brutality of the Pinochet years. (108 mins.)

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SALVADOR ALLENDE
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
FRANCE/SPAIN/CHILE, 2004

The definitive portrait of the legendary Chilean leader, from his youth in Valparaiso to the violent coup that led to his death on September 11, 1973, Guzmán himself narrates the story of the man whose life and work have had such a profound influence on his own life and career. Through rare archival footage and contemporary interviews with supporters and enemies alike, Guzmán cuts through the popular mythology surrounding Allende to craft a multi-layered biography of the doctor-turned-socialist-activist-turned-reformist-president who remains a powerful figure of hope for many around the world. (100 mins.)

PRECEDED BY

ROBINSON CRUSOE ISLAND
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMÁN
FRANCE, 1999

Guzmán realized his childhood dream of visiting the island of Robinson Crusoe which, as it happens, is a Chilean territory located far off the nation’s coast. While he searches for traces of Defoe’s hermit hero, Guzmán shares his discovery of the strange island and the eccentric community living there. (45 mins.)

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