23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival



Salvadore Allende (Non-fiction Features)
2004 - Belgium / Chile / France / Germany / Spain / Mexico - 100 minutes

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DIRECTOR: Patricio Guzman
CAST: Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Augusto Pinochet

September 11th holds as much significance in Chile as it does in the USA, perhaps more so. It was September 11, 1973 that the Chilean government of Salvadore Allende was deposed and killed a military coup that installed General Augusto Pinochet as dictator. The terrifying fascist regime, which followed, led millions of Chileans, including director Patricio Guzmán to flee the country into exile. Guzman's documentary about Allende is a candid but necessary step forward for the Chilean people. The determination of Allende was to, above all maintain democratic rule. Salvador Allende retraces the life of this determined Marxist-humanist, delving into the supposed implication of the United States in the coup d'état. This is a personal exploration into the history of Chile, paying homage to this emblematic person that according to Guzman "marked my life." Patricio Guzmán has been a professor of documentary film at various schools in Europe and Latin America. He has also been a jury member in many acclaimed festivals in his field. Since 1997, he has been the Director of the Santiago Documentary Film Festival, which was founded with the help of a group of young filmmakers. He lives in Paris with Renate Sachse, who collaborates on the scripts for his films. He has two daughters, Andrea and Camila, who are also filmmakers and frequently work on his projects. -AHS

PRODUCER: Jacques Bidon
SCREENWRITER: Patricio Guzmán
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Patricio Guzmán
EDITOR: Claudio Martinez
MUSIC: Jorge Arriagada
PRINT SOURCE: JBA Production

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