OB­STI­NATELY, MEET­ING PA­TRI­CIO GUZMÁN

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(Boris Ni­cot, France). 98 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Pa­tri­cio Guzmán, re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award, dis­cusses his ear­lier doc­u­men­taries (in­clud­ing The Battle Of Chile; Chile, Ob­sti­nate Mem­ory and The Pinochet Case, all screen­ing at Hot Docs this year) with French film­maker Boris Ni­cot in this straight­for­ward, con­sid­ered pro­file.

As he makes el­e­gant con­nec­tions be­tween all of his films, Guzmán re­veals him­self to be a jour­nal­ist with a poet’s soul, con­stantly search­ing for a metaphor or im­age that will best snap his ar­gu­ments into place. He’s be­come the keeper of his na­tion’s mem­ory – if not its con­science – which makes it sur­pris­ing when he asks whether there’s ever been “a re­li­able au­thor of the his­tory of Chile.”

If not Guzmán, then who? NW Apr 27, 9: 30 pm, ROM; Apr 29, 12: 30 pm, TIFF 4; May 1, 8: 30 pm, In­nis

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