The Cordillera of Dreams

The Cordillera of Dreams

France | 2019 | 85 minutes | Patricio Guzmán

February 21 - 23, 2020

Having lived in exile for more than four decades, internationally heralded filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's late career films have been an examination of the topography of his homeland. Nostalgia for the Light (2010) was about the Atacama Desert and the cosmos above it, The Pearl Button (2015) took on water and the coastline of Chile, and now, Guzmán turns his attention to the Chilean Andes for the final film in this loose trilogy of documentaries.

As with the other films in Guzmán landscape documentaries, the Chilean documentarian establishes the imposing physical attributes of his subject before weaving in the philosophical and political elements that are at the heart of his ultimately personal non-fiction work. In The Cordillera of Dreams, Guzmán positions the cordillera as a silent witness to the violent and turbulent times experienced by the Chilean people during the 20th century through the present, delving into the crimes committed against the populace by Pinochet and his conspirators, and tracing a line directly to the current exploitation of the natural resources of the country that offer no discernible benefit to its citizenry. Along the way, Guzmán introduces us to Pablo Salas, a cameraman who has been documenting street protests and government abuses for decades, and whose massive archive of film negatives, videotapes, and hard drives also bear witness to what the cordillera has seen over the years.

"It is a mournfully intelligent, poetic documentary that once more seeks to link the vastness, grandeur and indifference of nature with the human horrors that Chileans have lived through. The search for meaning is so personal here (Guzman narrates most of the film in the first person) and so difficult that it is often heart-rending."—Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

  • Director: Patricio Guzmán
  • Principal Cast: Jorge Baradit, Vicente Gajardo, Pablo Salas, Francisco Gazitúa
  • Country: France, Chile
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Renate Sachse
  • Screenplay: Patricio Guzmán
  • Cinematographers: Samuel Lahu
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes