Exploring the mysteries of the cosmos from high to low is the astonishing task Guzmán has set for himself in a film so intensely personal yet so universal in its resonance that it stands as the crowning glory of an already distinguished career. In Chile’s Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, astronomers gaze at the expanding reaches of the universe, while in the ancient sands of the desert floor, patient sifting reveals secrets.
In imagery gorgeous to behold, Guzmán finds parallels between the sky’s macro palette of stars and the earth’s micro array of human remains, from pre-Columbian mummies and the preserved bodies of nineteenth-century explorers and miners to the bone fragments of “disappeared” political prisoners. In Spanish with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (BS)