Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

The Cordillera of Dreams (2020)

“In Chile, when the sun rises, it had 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

Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s latest documentary, The Cordillera of Dreams is a scathing condemnation of the social amnesia afflicting the population of Chile when it comes to looking back at its political past. It is a critique of Chileans’ indifference and reluctance to revisit the still-gaping wounds of the dictatorship, made from the heartfelt angle of an ode to the greatest geographical treasure that the country possesses: the magnificent Andes mountain range.

In his new non-fiction cinematic poem, Guzmán uses the figure of the Andes as a metaphorical means of pondering how the people in charge of safeguarding a country can also end up being the people who destroy it. As the director announces by way of a voice-over during the first third of the film, “If the Andes account for 80% of Chile’s territory, and they were always ignored and neglected by its government, that means that Chile doesn’t give a damn about 80% of its country.”

Carlota Moseguí, Cineuropa

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Film Title : The Cordillera of Dreams
Language : espanja
Director : Patricio Guzmán
Year : 2019
Length : 85
Age limit : K7
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Samuel Lahu
Editing : Emmanuelle Joly
Music : Miranda y Tobar
Producer : Renate Sachse
Production Company : Atacama Productions
Title in Original Language : La cordillera de los sueños

Screenings :
Thu 30.1. at 15.00, Orion
Fri 31.1. at 18.45, Kinopalatsi 8
Sat 1.2. at 14.30, Kinopalatsi 8