Icarus Films is proud to announce the release of the special eight-disc box set collection Five Films by Patricio Guzmán featuring five of the master documentarian’s seminal works. Filmed over more than 35 years, Guzmán’s films here depict Chile’s path over that time, coping with political trauma and trying to come to terms with its history.
From The Battle of Chile, filmed in black and white, on 16mm film, in the midst of social upheaval and revolution, to Nostalgia for the Light, filmed with modern digital technology, filled with vibrant colors, poetic connections and introspection, Guzmán’s epic body of work is the unprecedented record of one country’s journey and one filmmaker’s evolution.
The box set will be released on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. On the same date the films will also be available on VOD, including The Battle of Chile, online for the first time ever.
Born in Santiago de Chile in 1941, Patricio Guzmán is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in the world. He studied filmmaking at the Film Institute at the Catholic University of Chile, and at the Official School of Film in Madrid. After the 1973 Chilean coup Guzmán left the country and has lived in Cuba, Spain and France, where he currently resides. Six of his films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, including The Battle of Chile, The Pinochet Case, Salvador Allende, Nostalgia for the Light, for which he received the Grand Award from the European Film Academy in 2011.
Guzmán’s The Battle of Chile remains one of the most widely praised documentary films of all time, and was named “one of the 10 best political documentary films in the world” by Cineaste. His films have been extensively screened worldwide and he’s been the subject of numerous film retrospectives, most recently at the British Film Institute, Harvard Film Archive, and BAMcinématek. In 2013, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and last February he was awarded with the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale for The Pearl Button, his most recent production (which is due to open theatrically in the US this fall).