The Cordillera of Dreams

85 mins.
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
Spanish with subtitles

Available through Thursday, May 7.

  • Ticket price: $12 for unlimited viewing within a 2-day rental period.
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the Vimeo app for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, and on IOS and Android devices, or through your internet browser.

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Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS completes his trilogy (with NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT and THE PEARL BUTTON) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile.

It centers on the imposing landscape of the Andes that run the length of the country’s Eastern border. At once protective and isolating, magisterial and indifferent, the Cordillera serves as an enigmatic focal point around which Guzmán contemplates the enduring legacy of the 1973 military coup d’état.

Along the way, Guzmán interviews artists, writers, and documentarians, drawing out their conflicted feelings towards the Cordillera and its relationship to Chilean national identity and history.

"The great Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán does not grapple with the idea of eternity in his new picture, THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS. He sits with it, patiently. He considers it through metaphor, as his camera slowly considers the chain of Andes Mountains that makes up the cordillera of his movie’s title." Glenn Kenny. A New York Times Critic's Pick!