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FILM/Politics – “Obstinate Memories: The Films of Patricio Guzman” — Mon-Thu! *IFC Center *nyc

“Obstinate Memories: The Films of Patricio Guzman” — Mon-Thu!

In advance of the opening of his newest film, THE PEARL BUTTON, IFC Center presents a four-day retrospective of the work of Patricio Guzmán, one of the undisputed masters of documentary filmmaking.

The program opens with the epic BATTLE OF CHILE, a 3-part chronicle of the right-wing coup that deposed the democratically elected Socialist government of Salvador Allende, widely hailed as a landmark of political cinema. It includes 4 of his other features, among them the recent NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, an IFC Center hit, plus two mid-length works, and the New York premiere of FILMING OBSTINATELY: MEETING PATRICIO GUZMAN, a new portrait of the filmmaker.

Born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile, Guzmán was drawn to documentary filmmaking as an adolescent, going on to study directing in Chile and Spain. Returning to Chile in 1971, he filmed a documentary of the Allende government’s first year, then began to capture the unrest that would develop into the coup in 1973, using stock donated to him by legendary French filmmaker Chris Marker. On the day of the coup, Guzmán was imprisoned in Chile’s National Stadium, along with hundreds of others. Regaining his freedom 15 days later, he left the country with his film canisters in tow. In Europe and then Cuba, he finished the film that would become THE BATTLE OF CHILE, premiering Part 1 at Cannes in 1975.

Over the next four decades, Guzmán has continued to investigate the coup and its lingering scars on Chile’s memory and psyche in a series of acclaimed documentaries. His latest film, THE PEARL BUTTON, an exploration of Patagonia’s past and present, opens at IFC Center on October 23.

The films in this series are distributed by Icarus Films.

Click here to see the full series schedule

Mon at: 12:00 PM, 6:45 PM
Tue at: 12:00 PM, 10:05 PM
Thu, Oct 22 at: 12:00 PM
Digital projectionOn September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende’s democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet’s army.Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, in which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzmán’s seminal documentary The Battle of Chile (1975-79), an epic chronicle of that country’s open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it.

THE BATTLE OF CHILE (Part 1): The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (96 minutes) examines the escalation of rightist opposition following the left’s unexpected victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that democracy would not stop Allende’s socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. The film follows months of activity as a variety of increasingly violent tactics are used by the right to weaken the government and provoke a crisis

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Mon at: 2:00 PM, 8:50 PM
Tue at: 2:00 PM
Thu, Oct 22 at: 2:00 PM
Digital projectionTHE BATTLE OF CHILE (Part 2): The Coup d’Etat (88 minutes) opens with the attempted military coup of June, 1973 which is put down by troops loyal to the government. It serves as a useful dry run, however, for the final showdown, that everyone now realizes is coming. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power. The film’s dramatic concluding sequence documents the coup d’etat, including Allende’s last radio messages to the people of Chile, footage of the military assault on the presidential palace, and that evening’s televised presentation of the new military junta.

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Mon at: 3:45 PM, 10:30 PM
Tue at: 3:45 PM
Thu, Oct 22 at: 3:45 PM
Digital projectionThe third part of the epic THE BATTLE OF CHILE, THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE deals with the creation by ordinary workers and peasants of thousands of local groups of “popular power” to distribute food, occupy, guard and run factories and farms, oppose black market profiteering, and link together neighborhood social service organizations. First these local groups of “popular power” acted as a defense against strikes and lock-outs by factory owners, tradesmen and professional bodies opposed to the Allende government, then increasingly as Soviet-type bodies demanding more resolute action by the government against the right.

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Mon at: 5:15 PM
Tue at: 5:15 PM, 8:45 PM
Digital projectionCHILE, OBSTINATE MEMORY visits with Chileans who experienced the coup first-hand (some of whom are seen in The Battle of Chile from 25 years ago). Survivors reminisce as they watch that film, recognizing lost comrades and recalling their courage, gaiety and love of life. Those who were not killed during the coup itself were crowded into the National Stadium in Santiago, where many were tortured, disappeared, and never seen again. Survivors talk about the terror that characterized the Pinochet regime until the dictator was finally obliged to relinquish power.

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Thu, Oct 22 at: 7:00 PMNew York Premiere! “This historical and cinematic portrait of internationally acclaimed filmmaker Patricio Guzmán… takes us on an intimate journey of his life’s work in the shadow of Chile’s tumultuous history. As Chile attempts to forget its past and the violence of Augusto Pinochet’s coup, Guzmán understands time differently—more relative, feeling like the coup happened only a month ago. Capturing Guzmán’s past works and the making of his newest film, THE PEARL BUTTON, director Boris Nicot beautifully parallels Chile’s history with Guzmán’s body of work, revealing the indelible mark the country has made on Guzmán’s films, character and perception of time. Through intimate discussions with Guzmán, Nicot unveils not only his process of filmmaking but a very personal portrait of a man who is driven by the idea that in understanding the past, we make a commitment to the future.” –  Heather Haynes, Hot Docs Film Festival

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Thu, Oct 22 at: 5:15 PM, 9:15 PMGuzmán’s (The Battle of Chile) film is a meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile’s remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past—preserved corpses, from pre-Columbian mummies to recent explorers, miners and disappeared political prisoners. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their dead and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies.

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Wed, Oct 21 at: 2:15 PM, 7:00 PM
Digital projectionThis new film by Patricio Guzmán investigates the legal origins of the case in Spain – where it began two years before Pinochet’s arrest. With the film’s protagonists, among them the prosecutor Carlos Castressana who filed the charges, and Judge Baltasar Garzón, who upheld them and issued the arrest warrant, THE PINOCHET CASE explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for this incredible feat — catching a dictator 25 years after his rise to power.

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Tue at: 6:45 PM
Digital projectionPatricio Guzmán was 13 years old and living in Valparaiso, Chile when he discovered Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe. In 1999, he made ROBINSON CRUSOE ISLAND (1999, 45 min) on the real Robinson Island off the coast of Chile, which he had long believed fictitious. A meditation on the legend and odyssey of Crusoe as contrasted with the actual island; the film is also a travelogue of Guzman’s adventures there.

In MADRID (2002, 41 min.) Guzmán offers up a whimsical, personal view of one of the world’s truly great cities, capturing the feeling of the city and of life for Madrileños

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Wed, Oct 21 at: 12:00 PM, 4:45 PM, 9:30 PM
35mm printA leftist revolutionary or a reformist democrat? A committed Marxist or a constitutionalist politician? An ethical and moral man or, as Richard Nixon called him, a “son of a bitch”? In SALVADOR ALLENDE, acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile and Chile, Obstinate Memory) returns to his native country thirty years after the 1973 military coup that overthrew Chile’s Popular Unity government to examine the life of its leader, Salvador Allende, both as a politician and a man.

Using rare archival footage, family photos, interviews with Allende’s friends, professional colleagues, his daughters and other relatives as well as UP militants, workers, journalists, his personal secretary and Edward Korry, former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, SALVADOR ALLENDE portrays the life, times and political formation of the Valparaiso-born doctor who was active in Socialist Party politics as a senator and who ran unsuccessfully for President three times before finally being elected in 1970.

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