By Patricio Guzmán
Documentary feature film
On Tuesday, September 22, 1998, General Augusto Pinochet flew to London on a pleasure trip. There he rested a few days and had tea with Margaret Tatcher. He had intentions to visit Paris, but a back pain forced him to undergo surgery at the London Clinic. When he woke up, he was arrested by the Scotand Yard police. Prosecutor Carlos Castresana and Judge Baltasar Garzón had requested his extradition to Spain to be tried for crimes of torture.
“The Pinochet case” gives voice to all those involved in this process and, above all, to victims who, for the first time, were able to report before a judge the abuse they were subjected to by the dictatorship of Pinochet.
Produced by: Les Films d’Ici, Mallerich Films Paco Poch, Benecé Produccions, Patricio Guzmán Producciones
Script and direction: Patricio Guzmán
Producers: Yves Jeanneau, Paco Poch, Xavier Antance, Patricio Guzmán
Cinematography: Jacques Bouquin
Sound: André Rigaut
Editing: Claudio Martínez
Assistant director: Camila Guzmán
Consultants: Ernesto Ekaiser, Renate Sasche
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Runtime: 110 minutes
Official selection at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, 2001
Filmoteca de València Award, 2003