Nostalgia for the Light

On Tuesday, October 25: Nostalgia for the Light will be showing at the Ray Stark on the USC Campus. This modern masterpiece from Chilean director Patricio Guzman shows the viewer the secrets of the sky and the earth along the Atacama desert. The film is about searching: the astronomers that search the cosmos for science and the surviving relatives of the missing that search the sands for closure.

Fundi2 was able to catch a prior screening of this film during the LALIFF 2011, and we strongly recommend it to our readers.

Director’s Statement

The desert is a vast, timeless space that is made up of salt and wind. A fragment of planet Mars on planet Earth. Everything there is motionless. And yet this stretch of land is filled with mysterious traces of the past. There are still ruins of villages, two thousand years old. The trains abandoned in the sand by the 19th century miners have not moved. There are also some gigantic domes that look like fallen space vessels in which the astronomers live. All around there are human remains. When night falls, the Milky Way is so bright that it projects shadows onto the ground.

For an astronomer, the only real time is that which comes from the past. The light of the stars takes hundreds of thousands of years to reach us. That is why astronomers are always looking back, to the past. It’s the same for historians, archaeologists, geologists, paleontologists and the women who search for their disappeared. They all have something in common: they observe the past in order to be able to better understand the present and future. In the face of the uncertain future, only the past can enlighten us.

Memory guarantees us life, as does the warmth of sunlight. Human beings would be nothing without memory –objects with no pulse- with no beginning and no future. After 18 years of dictatorship, Chile is once again experiencing democracy. But at what price… Many have lost their friends, relativhave lost their memory, perhaps forever.

— Patricio Guzman

October 25, 2011, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The movie is presented Free – you do however need to RSVP to this site. It is encouraged to arrive around 6:30pm.

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