La Cordillera de los sueños

by Patricio Guzmán

Celebration of Lives

(France, Chile / 2019 / 85’)

Territorial exploration goes hand in hand with exploration of history, to uncover the deepest soul of Chile. Just like Guzmán has already taught us. In the documentary, presented this year at Cannes Film Festival, the high peaks of the cordillera are charged with a multitude of symbolic meanings, often conflicting, stratified as stone. The visual poetry of the landscape overlaps with the testimonies of Chilean citizens, who relive their memories of Pinochet's regime. A nostalgia, a sense of overwhelming frustration that does not only afflict the Chilean people, but also their Cordillera, human voices merge with the rock's silent one, in a touching warning cry to the new generations, so that they never resign.