Nostalgia for the Light
( Nostalgia de la Luz )

Patricio Guzmán
2010 - 90 min - HDCam - Couleur et Noir & Blanc - France, Allemagne, Chili, Espagne

In Chile, at three thousand meters 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 place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of the mummies, explorers and miners. But also the remains of the dictatorship's political prisoners.
Whilst the astronomers examine the most distant galaxies in search of probable extraterrestrial life, at the foot of the observatories women are digging through the desert soil in search of their disappeared relatives…



Author-Director : Patricio Guzmán
Photography : Katell Djian
Sound : Freddy Gonzales
Editing : Emmanuelle Joly, Patricio Guzmán
Original Music : Miranda & Tobar
Delegate Producer : Atacama Productions
Co-producer : Blinker Filmproduktion
Co-producer : Cronomedia
Broadcasting Co-producer : WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) (Cologne)
Broadcasting Co-producer : TVE
Contribution : Scam - Brouillon d'un rêve

Distribution


Distributor : Pyramide distribution
Not commercial Distribution : ADAV
VOD : Universciné

Distinctions

2014 - Journées cinématographiques de Carthage - Carthage Film Festival, Tunis (Tunisie) : Sélection
2013 - Scam, Paris (France) : Étoile de la Scam & Documentaire de l'année
2011 - Pariscience - Festival international du film scientifique, Paris (France) : Prix Audace
2011 - Images en bibliothèques, Paris (France) : Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques
2010 - Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France) : Sélection officielle- Séances spéciales
2010 - FIDMarseille (Festival International de Cinéma), Marseille (France) : Hors compétition
2010 - États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France) : Sélection de la Scam