Tonight, October 25, 2012, Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light premieres on POV (check your local listings). Patricio GuzmĂˇn’s Nostalgia for the Light is a remarkable meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chileâ€™s remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past in its arid soil: human remains, from pre-Columbian mummies to the bones of political prisoners “disappeared” during the Pinochet dictatorship. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies.
Read what critics are saying about Nostalgia for the Light:
“Rates as the filmmakerâ€™s masterpiece, an exquisitely filmed, poetically written meditation on how past and present fuse in humanity’s most unresolved questions.”
— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“GuzmĂˇn offers a poetic narrative that celebrates the searches and insists on the moral obligation to remember Chile’s not-too-distant past.”
— Walter V. Addiago, San Francisco Chronicle
“Visually elegant, deeply felt. . . . Nothing here is as beautiful, perhaps, as certain everyday images Guzman puts on display: the gears working on an old telescope, a tree against the exterior wall of a house in Santiago, many marbles arrayed on a table.”
— Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe
“It isn’t simply that Nostalgia for the Light is moving: it has a tragic grandeur that really is very remarkable. It is deeply intelligent, intensely and painfully political, and yet attempts, and succeeds, somehow to transcend politics and perhaps even history itself. . . . This is one of the films of the year.”
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Packs a potent intellectual and emotional wallop. . . . Nostalgia for the Light is less a conventional documentary than a work of poetic imagination or a nontheistic spiritual meditation. Enormously moving and wondrous to behold.”
— Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
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