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Nostalgia for the Light -- Director Patricio Guzman travels to Chile's Atacama Desert where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.


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In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Those who have a memory are able to live in the fragile present moment. Those who have none don't live anywhere. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Gaspar Galaz ... Himself - Astronomer
Lautaro Núñez ... Himself - Archeologist
Luís Henríquez ... Himself
Miguel Lawner ... Himself - Architect
Victor González ... Himself - Engineer
Vicky Saaveda ... Herself
Violeta Berrios ... Herself
George Preston ... Himself - Astronomer
Valentina Rodríguez ... Herself

Directed by
Patricio Guzmán 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patricio Guzmán 

Produced by
Antonino Ballestrazzi .... development producer
Jutta Krug .... producer: WDR
Meike Martens .... co-producer
Meike Martens .... producer
Fernando Osorio .... line producer
Verónica Rosselot .... executive producer
Renate Sachse .... producer
Cristóbal Vicente .... co-producer
Original Music by
Miguel Miranda 
José Miguel Tobar 
Cinematography by
Katell Djian 
Film Editing by
Patricio Guzmán 
Emmanuelle Joly 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Lasnibat .... first assistant director
Cristóbal Vicente .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Fredy González .... sound (as Freddy González)
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Jean-Jacques Quinet .... sound editor
Jean-Jacques Quinet .... sound mixer
Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Cristóbal Vicente .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Ewa Lenkiewicz .... supervising editor
Eric Salleron .... color timer

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Also Known As:
"Nostalgia de la luz" - Chile (original title)
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France:90 min | USA:90 min
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[first lines]
[in Spanish, using English subtitles]
Himself - Astronomer:[voiceover] The old German telescope, that I've seen once again after so many years, is still working in Santiago Chile. I owe my passion for astronomy to it. These objects, which could have come from my childhood home, remind me of that far off moment when one thinks one has left childhood behind. At that time, Chile was a haven of peace isolated from the world. Santiago slept in the foothills of the Cordillera, detached from the rest of the world.
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Those who have a memory are able to live in the fragile present moment. Those who have none don't live anywhere., 26 January 2012
Author: Ben Larson from Leesburg, FL

This film is not a documentary in the traditional sense. It is more a work of poetry, or a spiritual experience.

The brutal results of Pinochet's military dictatorship are meshed with the search for the origins of the universe. Both subjects deal with the past, as we only have past and future; there is no present as Augustine said many years ago.

So, astronomers are really archaeologists. They study space to discover the past. Writer/director Patricio Guzmán combines this "archaeology" with the archaeologists who search the desert for the bodies buried by Pinochet.

A fascinating story.

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