Maite Alberdi’s “The Infinite Memory” debuts with critical and commercial acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival


This weekend was the world premiere of infinite memorythe fifth documentary by Maite Alberdi, which made its debut at the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance, the international festival founded by Robert Redford and scheduled until January 29th.

The film accompanies the prominent journalist Augusto Góngora and delves into his relationship with the former minister and actress Paulina Urrutia, with whom they have been together for 25 years. Eight years ago, the journalist was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, since then his wife has become his caregiver. As one of Chile’s foremost cultural commentators and television presenters, Augusto is no stranger to building an archive of memory. Now she turns that job into his life, trying to keep his identity of him. Day after day, the couple meet this challenge head on, adjusting to the disruptions brought on by their crippling illness and trusting that the tender affection and sense of humor shared between them will remain intact.

The 2020 Oscar-nominated director, Maite Alberdi, for The mole agentso back to the festival with infinite memory which elegantly solidifies Alberdi’s place as one of today’s most relevant filmmakers.

A success with the world press and international audience

The world debut was experienced amidst long applause and a prolonged ovation in a hall that had been sold out for weeks.

“It’s a film that everyone gets excited about, me too, and I’m very proud that this story is universal. I like to see how cinema has no nationality and this film confirms that for me,” says Sundance director Maite Alberdi.

An emotional Paulina Urrutia reveals that it was her husband’s idea to agree to make this film and that she “would be a pivot, a means through which Augusto could tell who he is and who he was,” says the actress .

“Augustus’ greatest act of importance was wanting to make this documentary because his life has always been about recording and documenting,” says Urrutia, who, together with the journalist’s children, decided to align themselves with this purpose and support the making of this film. .

For their part, worldwide critics widely praised the film, emphasizing the Alberdi brand and placing it among the festival’s favourites.

The most important media unanimously praised her, which is very difficult to achieve in the North American market where Maite Alberdi is already a regular.

by Eric Kohn indiewire He singled it out as “One of the most intimate depictions of Alzheimer’s ever recorded on camera.”

He also wrote David Rooney’s hollywood reporter, who underlined: “the central paradox of infinite memory: that a man so indispensable in preventing the disappearance of his country’s conscience, now cannot save his own”.

“It is a film that illuminates irreversible conditions, with new perspectives. It’s painfully cute,” he adds.

He also points out that Maite Alberdi achieves something rare, comparing her to Mia Hansen-Love, who “features tremendous emotional complexity but with deep empathy.”

For his part, Jonathan Holland of screendaily pointed to something fundamental in the film: “There is humor but also a lot of joy. Despite the cliché (let’s say) that love really is something tremendously powerful. The connections (which Alberdi creates) never feel forced and are always handled with the compassion, delicacy and psychological insight that remain hallmarks of his cinema. Unusually direct, moving and deceptively simple exploration of love – and cinema – as defenses against oblivion.

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