The Eternal Memory

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The Eternal Memory

Q&A with director Maite Alberdi, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Critic Monica Castillo

The Eternal Memory tells a profound and moving love story that balances vibrant individual and collective remembrance with the longevity of an unbreakable human bond.

Augusto and Paulina have been together and in love for 25 years. Eight years ago, their lives were forever changed by Augusto’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As one of Chile’s most prominent cultural commentators and television presenters, Augusto is no stranger to building an archive of memory. Now he turns that work inward, trying to retain his identity with the help of his beloved Paulina, whose own pre-eminence as a famous actress and Chilean Minister of Culture predates her ceaselessly inventive manner of engaging with her husband. Day by day, the couple faces this challenge head-on, relying on the tender affection and sense of humor shared between them that remains, remarkably, fully intact.

"It’s a striking and intimate piece of cinema, a heartrending tale of living with and battling neurological disorders, the love necessary to endure it, and the anguished dolor of remembrance."
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"Alberdi makes her directorial hand virtually invisible, observing her subjects from a discreet distance that allows them to be narrators of their own story while never speaking directly to the camera."
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


Q&A with director Maite Alberdi, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Critic Monica Castillo
Sunday, Nov. 5 2023, 2:35
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  • Maite Alberdi is a Chilean film producer, director, documentarian, screenwriter, and film critic. Her film The Mole Agent (2020) was an Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary and a contender for Best International Feature. Her latest film The Eternal Memory won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

This film is part of the Maite Alberdi: In Focus series.

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