Chile’s Atacama Desert is reputed to be the most arid region on earth. It is here where scientists from all over the world gather in an attempt to unlock the secrets beneath the translucent skies.
Whilst astronomers examine the most distant galaxies above our heads in search for answers concerning the origins of life, we are confronted on the ground by a more recent past as relatives search for the remains of those who disappeared during the Pinochet regime.
In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial realms meld as master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán contemplates the paradox of their quests. Astronomy and archaeology, he believes, are variations of the same voyage, one directed toward the sky and the other far deeper beneath our feet.
Playing as part of the Patricio Guzmán Chile Trilogy: Traverse time, history and memory through the landscapes of Chile with Nostalgia for the Light (2010), The Pearl Button (2015) and The Cordillera of Dreams (2019), which finally reaches our screen this October.
Director Patricio Guzman will join us in conversation with Nick Bradshaw from Sight and Sound to follow the screening.