Must watch movies and documentaries before visiting Chile
Nostalgia for the Lights 2010
In this remarkable documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán travels to the driest place on earth Atacama Desert in northern Chile, in order to explore the link between astronomy and atrocity. He draws parallels between astronomers searching for new galaxies, archaeologist digging for ancient civilizations and Chilean women, who still, after almost three decades, search for traces of their relatives executed during the dictatorship. Visually stunning.
The Pearl Button 2015
Following the spectacular Nostalgia for the Lights, in The Pearl Button Patricio Guzmán focuses on the water as a binding element of the universe, that silently witnessed the history and fate of Chile and its people, from extermination of indigenous coastal tribes in colonial times to the victims of Pinochet’s regime.
180º South 2018
In 1968 Patagonia clothing founder Yvon Chouinard and The North Face founder Doug Tompkins embarked on a six-month excursion from California to Patagonia, Chile. The goal was the ascent of the iconic Cerro Fitz Roy. Almost 40 years later adventurer Jeff Johnson retraces their epic journey.
The battle of Chile (1975)
Award winning three-part documentary film that chronicles nine months of the political tensions in Chile leading up to Augusto Pinochet’s military coup that overthrown Salvador’s Allendes democratically elected government in September 1973.
Political thriller based on the true story of Charles Harman, a young American journalist who vanished during the 1973 Chilean coup d’état that overthrown the socialist president Salvador Allende. The plot follows Charles’s father as he tries to learn the truth about his son’s disappearance.
Biographical drama set in Chile in 1948. Private investigator Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) hunts down Communist Senator and future Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who is forced into hiding for accusing the government of abandoning communist ideals.
The 33 (Los 33) 2015
American-Chilean biographical survival drama based on the true story. In August 2010 San José copper–gold mine, located in the Atacama Desert collapses, trapping 33 miners 700 meters underground for 69 days. Starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.