Patricio Guzmán

4 Films in collection

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.

  • 1967: Kurzfilm: Electroshow, Preis auf dem Festival Latinamericano de Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1968: La Tortura y otras formas de diálogo
  • 1969: El Paraíso ortopédico, Preis auf dem Dokumentar- und Kurzfilm-Festival in Bilbao, Spanien
  • 1971: Primer Año, Kritiker-Preis auf dem Mannheimer Filmfestival 1973
  • 1972: La Respuesta de octubre
  • 1975: La Batalla de Chile: La Insurrección de la burguesia
  • 1977: La Batalla de Chile: El golpe de estado
  • 1979: La Batalla de Chile: El poder popular
  • 1983: Rosa de los vientos
  • 1987: El nombre de Dios, Grand Prix auf dem Festivale dei Popoli 1987 in Florenz
  • 1992: La Cruz del Sur, Grand Prix auf dem Festival sur les Docs, 1992 Marseille
  • 1995: Pueblo en vilo (Dorf im Stillstand)
  • 1997: Chile, la memoria obstinada, Grand Prix auf dem Festival von Tel Aviv 1999
  • 1999: La Isla de Robinson Crusoe
  • 2000: Invocación
  • 2001: Le Cas Pinochet, Wettbewerb in Cannes 2002
  • 2002: Madrid
  • 2004: Salvador Allende, Wettbewerb in Cannes 2004, Goya-Preis, 100min.
  • 2005: Fernsehfilm: Mi Julio Verne - Mon Jules Verne
  • 2010: Nostalgia de la Luz (Nastalgia for the Light), (Prix ARTE) europäischer Filmpreis: Bester Dokumentarfilm


La cordillera de los sueños (2019)

«In Chile, when the sun rises, it had to climb hills, walls and tops before reaching the last stone of the Cordillera. In my country, the Cordillera is everywhere. But for the Chilean citizens, it is an unknown territory. After going North for Nostalgia for the Light and South for The Pearl Button, I now feel ready to shoot this immense spine to explore its mysteries, powerful revelations of Chile’s past and present history.» Patricio Guzmán More

El botón de nácar (Flyer)

El botón de nácar (2015)

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds all 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 of two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. More

Nostalgia de la luz (Flyer)

Nostalgia de la luz (2010)

In his documentary essay film, Chilean Patricio Guzmán takes a double look at the past: On the one hand there are the astronomers who look up to the sky in the Atacama Desert and explore the origin of the universe, on the other there are the women who search in the desert sand around the observatories for the mortal remains of their loved ones who have become victims of the military dictatorship. A journey into the light. More

Salvador Allende (Flyer)

Salvador Allende (2004)

One from the heart, “Salvador Allende” is the Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s plaintive look back at the rise and violent fall of the world’s first democratically elected Marxist president. Mr. Guzmán, who went into exile after the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that led to Allende’s death, has returned to the country of his birth with a camera in hand and a storehouse of passionate memories. Alas, little of that passion informs the filmmaking in this documentary dirge, a memento mori about “the other Sept. More