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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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2011 Nevada City Film Festival: Official Lineup
 (From Underground Film Journal. 17 August 2011, 2:49 PM, PDT)

A Look at Cine Las Americas So Far
 (From Slackerwood. 25 April 2011, 8:00 AM, PDT)

Polanski Triumphs at European Film Awards
 (From The Moving Arts Journal. 6 December 2010, 12:06 AM, PST)

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  (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" - France (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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Exquisite painter strokes that show the horror, 22 October 2013
Author: Ariel Contini from Argentina, Buenos Aires.

A painting that unites astronomy, the present, the past and the collective memory of a people. A story you through from end to end and leaves you vibrating in a note holding and is resonating very hard in the chest. How to join two things as seemingly dissimilar as astronomy and the search for a past that still bleeds and want silent but still present. The astronomers point their telescopes to the huge big sky of Atacama to find new galaxies, stars lost or the same origin of the universe, and the telescope is pointing Guzman inward consciousness of a people and of horror to keep the memory alive.

Thanks Patrick for this film as needed.

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