The Eternal Memory: An Unforgettable Love Story

MTV Documentary Films has recently announced an exciting return theatrical engagement for its critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Eternal Memory.” Directed and produced by Maite Alberdi, this remarkable film has captivated audiences worldwide with its heartfelt love story. Drawing comparisons to narrative classics such as “Amour” and “Doctor Zhivago,” “The Eternal Memory” has touched the hearts of many.

A Nationwide Theatrical Release

Starting today, the film will be screened exclusively at the prestigious IFC Center in New York. For those residing in the Los Angeles area, it will be shown at two locations: the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and the Laemmle Glendale. MTV Documentary Films has additional plans for a unique and unforgettable Valentine’s Day Drive-In event on February 14th in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area at the West Wind Drive-In theater. Couples will have the opportunity to celebrate the profound love story of Paulina and Augusto, the central figures in this extraordinary documentary.

“The Eternal Memory” revolves around the story of Augusto and Paulina, a couple who have shared an enduring love for over two decades. Their lives took an unexpected turn eight years ago when Augusto was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite facing this daunting challenge, the couple remains steadfast in their affection and unwavering sense of humor. Together, they forge ahead, determined to preserve Augusto’s identity and cherish their bond.

Augusto, an influential cultural commentator and television presenter in Chile, has dedicated his life to documenting memories. Now, faced with the threat of losing his own, he embarks on a personal journey to remember and hold onto his identity. Supported by his beloved Paulina, an esteemed actress and former Chilean Minister of Culture, he navigates each day with courage and resilience.

“The Eternal Memory” sheds light on Augusto Góngora’s crucial role in Chile’s history. During the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, which spanned from 1973 to 1990, Góngora bravely documented the opposition of the people. Following Pinochet’s fall, he played a vital role in reviving Chile’s cultural vitality, reintroducing the nation to its rich pre-Pinochet traditions and values. Tragically, Góngora passed away in May 2023 at the age of 71, leaving behind a lasting legacy.

Maite Alberdi, the director of “The Eternal Memory,” emphasizes that the film delves into more than just the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. She believes it is a story about collective and historical memory. Through this deeply emotional and profoundly relatable film, audiences are able to connect with the human experience, stirring their own memories and emotions.

Oscar Recognition and Celebration

The Academy’s recognition of Maite Alberdi’s talent has marked her second Oscar nomination following her previous nomination for “The Mole Agent.” Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the top prize for international documentary, “The Eternal Memory” has garnered numerous accolades. It was honored as the Best Non-Fiction Film by the New York Film Critics Online, among other prestigious awards. Alberdi herself received the esteemed Best Director award at the Cinema Eye Honors in January.

Maite Alberdi will be featured in the forthcoming Women’s Panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 17. Her talent and unique storytelling have propelled her to the forefront of the industry, earning her widespread acclaim and recognition for her remarkable contributions to the world of filmmaking.

“The Eternal Memory” is a collaborative effort brought to life by a team of talented individuals. Alongside Maite Alberdi, the film’s production includes Juan De Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, and Rocío Jadue. An esteemed group of executive producers has also played a crucial role in shaping this extraordinary documentary. Marcela Santibáñez, Daniela Sandoval, Nicholas Hooper H., Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Chandra Jessee, Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Sergio Karmy, Nina L. Diaz, Liza Burnett Fefferman, and Sheila Nevins have all contributed their expertise and support to make “The Eternal Memory” a truly unforgettable cinematic experience.

“The Eternal Memory” is more than just a love story or documentary—it is a testament to the power of memory, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of human connection. This exceptional film invites audiences to reflect on their own lives, cherish their memories, and celebrate the transformative power of enduring love. Join the journey and experience “The Eternal Memory” as it continues to captivate hearts in theaters across the nation.

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