Have you heard about the film “Nostalgia for the Light“, by Patricio Guzmán? As you know, one of my main cares in the business of communicating science broadly is having it be mixed up nicely with the rest of the culture (not making it a lecture all the time). This helps reach broader audiences, for a start. In a sense, this looks like a film that is doing that. It seems it was released in 2010, but is appearing on some big screens for the first time this year, in some places. I’ve not seen it, but it is soemthing I intend to see, based on the synopsis alone. I thought I’d mention it to you.
The summary from the Guardian film site says “Drama in which a group of Chilean astronomers’ search for the origins of life is contrasted with local womens’ efforts to find the bodies of loved ones killed by the Pinochet regime.”
There’s a trailer here:
It looks lovely, at the very least.
There’s a short but clear review by Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian four weeks ago (the film has recently been released in theatres in the UK)… I seldom read reviews of films I am interested in before I go and see them, but in this case, this was how I learned about the film.
I hope to see it soon. If you do, enjoy!