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The Pearl Button (15)
Chile, France, Spain, 2015, 82 mins. Dir. Patricio Guzmán
Director Patricio Guzmán (Nostalgia for the Light) returns to take us on a spellbinding documentary journey into the ocean of Southern Chile.
With similar thematic lines to his first film, Guzmán investigates the sea which forms Chile’s longest border – 2,670 miles of coastline – and holds the secret of two mysterious buttons found on its ocean floor.
Using archival images and beautiful new footage the film explores Chile’s harrowing history of political violence, incorporating geography and native memory to stunning effect.
Screened to vast acclaim at the Berlinale – where it won the Silver Bear for Best Script – it’s also due to screen in the Documentary Competition at LFF.
‘Guzman is hands down the most important director in Chilean cinematic history’
‘Mind-altering nature photography’
NEW YORK TIMES
‘A poetically shot gem’
‘Intelligent, magnificent filmmaking’ ★★★★