Chile post-Pinochet is still haunted by the after-effects of cruelty. Guzzoni explores these using mainly the creviced, careworn features of protagonist Alejandro (Goic) as he walks sleepless streets, watches his estranged daughter from afar and visits a prostitute for some scant comfort. Pinochet worked with the politics of disappearance and Guzzoni’s translation of loss and unknowing into a state of human disconnection is aptly diffuse, understated and terrifying. The legacy is old but far from over.
Carne de Perro | Directed by Fernando Guzzoni (Chile, France, Germany 2012) with Alejandro Goic and Maria Gracia Omegna. Starts April 3.
Originally published in issue #126 April, 2014