Patricio Guzmán

5 Films in collection

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. This film laid the foundation for his work as a director. The North American periodical CINEASTE described it as “one of the ten best political films in the world”. After Pinochet’s coup, Guzmán was arrested and spent two weeks in the National Stadium, where he was subjected to mock executions several times. 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. He chairs the Santiago International Documentary Film Festival (FIDOCS), which he founded in 1997. The Cordillera of Dreams, shown in the official selection at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is the last part of a trilogy also composed of Nostalgia for the Light (Cannes 2010) and The Pearl Button (Berlin 2015).


  • 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
  • 2015: El botón de nácar
  • 2019: La cordillera de los sueños

Mi pais imaginario (2022)

"October 2019 : an unexpected revolution, a social turmoil. A million and a half persons demonstrated in the streets of Santiago demanding more democracy, a better life, a better education and health system and a new Constitution. Chile had recovered its memory... What I had been waiting for since my student struggles in 1973 had finally become reality". Patricio Guzmán More

La cordillera de los sueños (Flyer)

La cordillera de los sueños (2019)

After Patricio Guzmán had travelled to the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile for «Nostalgia de la luz» and to the deepest south for «El botón de nácar» in Patagonia, he deals in the last part of the trilogy on his homeland with the central chain of Andes and the memory of the moving images. All his films are personal, but in some respects «La cordillera de los sueños» is the most intimate, leading the artist back to the ruins of the house of his childhood. X More

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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

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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

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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