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September 1, 2010 4:17 AM
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Cannes Doc "Nostalgia" Goes to Icarus

A scene from Patricio Guzmán’s "Nostalgia for the Light." [Photo courtesy of Icarus Films]

Patricio Guzmán’s documentary "Nostalgia for the Light," which had its world premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired by Icarus Films for North American release. Icarus is planning for an early 2011 theatrical release, following its North American premiere on September 13 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Guzmán's HD shot film tells two parallel stories. One concerns astronomers planted in Chile's Atacama Desert, peering deep into the cosmos in search of answers concerning the origins of life. The other follows a group of women in Chile who sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped by dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime.

While in Cannes earlier this year, Guzmán described the film as "Metaphysical, mystical or spiritual, astronomical, ethnographic, and political," in a conversation with Frederick Wiseman.

"We’re proud to continue our relationship with Patricio Guzmán and Renate Sachse (the film’s producer), and bring his latest film to Stateside audiences," said Icarus Films' president Jonathan Miller, who negotiated the deal with Yoann Ubermulhin of Pyramide International. "So, Patricio’s films will remain one of the cornerstones of our work."

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