Directed by Chilean filmmaker Patricio GUZMÁN, a living legend in documentary cinema, The Cordillera of Dreams is a documentary GUZMÁN made upon his return to Chile after 46 years of self-imposed exile to escape the authoritarian rule. The film begins with an image of the Andes on a poster plastered in a subway station and ends on the streets of Santiago that have witnessed history. To GUZMÁN, home is like a faraway dream, and the Andes Mountains are the physical representation of his dream. He meets with singers, painters, sculptors, and writers to show how the Andes, the source of imagination and dreams for Chileans, has been reflected in art, and he travels back to his childhood memories. The wind, trees, grass, and rocks of his motherland; an image of the Andes painted on a matchbox from his childhood; his old home that has long been abandoned; and the memories of watching the monumental documentary, The Battle of Chile, in his childhood. GUZMÁN’s personal and political journey unfolds through the history and landscape of Chile, accompanied by his mellow and friendly narration. The second half of this meditational and nostalgic cinematic essay is dedicated to a documentary filmmaker who has recorded street protests in Chile since the early 1980s. The third installment of GUZMÁN’s trilogy on his motherland, The Cordillera of Dreams received a special prize in the documentary section at the Cannes Film Festival. (KANG Sowon)
Renowned Chilean filmmaker and documentarian Patricio GUZMÁN’s films include The Battle of Chile (1975)—hailed as “one of the 10 best political films in the world”—Salvador Allende (2004), and Nostalgia for the Light (2010), among others. His work is regularly selected for and awarded prizes by international festivals, with The Pearl Button most recently taking home a Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015.