"In Chile, when the sun rises, it has 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
Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Santiago de Chile. He studied at the Official School of Film Art in Madrid. He has dedicated his career to documentary filmmaking. His films have been screened in many festivals and have gained international recognition. From 1972 to 1979, he directed The Battle of Chile, a five-hour-long trilogy on Salvador Allende’s government and its downfall. After Pinochet’s coup, Guzmán was arrested and spent two weeks in the National Stadium. In 1973 he left Chile and moved to Cuba, then to Spain and France, although he remains deeply attached to his country and its history.
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