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Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Nostalgia de la luz (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 March 2011 (USA)
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A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

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Patricio Guzmán
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gaspar Galaz Gaspar Galaz ... Himself - Astronomer
Lautaro Núñez Lautaro Núñez ... Himself - Archeologist
Luís Henríquez Luís Henríquez ... Himself
Miguel Lawner Miguel Lawner ... Himself - Architect
Victor González Victor González ... Himself - Engineer
Vicky Saaveda Vicky Saaveda ... Herself
Violeta Berrios Violeta Berrios ... Herself
George Preston George Preston ... Himself - Astronomer
Valentina Rodríguez Valentina Rodríguez ... Herself
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Storyline

In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France | Germany | Chile | Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

17 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostalgia da Luz See more »

Filming Locations:

Atacama Desert, Chile See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,664, 16 January 2011

Gross USA:

$163,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,903
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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[in Spanish, using English subtitles]
Gaspar Galaz - 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 ...
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A wonderful movie recommended by myETVmedia
7 October 2010 | by etvltdSee all my reviews

This beautiful film will capture you emotionally, visually and intellectually. Patricio Guzmán's examination of light—its relationship to the past and what it illuminates of the future—is stunningly beautiful, insightful and very well shot. A scientist states early on in the film that there is no present only the past and future as the words he is forming with his mouth have already happened by the microsecond it takes for his voice to travel from his mouth to his subject's ears. It is this sort of abstract thought that permeates the films dialogue creating the mood.


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