OBSTINATELY, MEETING PATRICIO GUZMÁN
(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