The Pearl Button
aka El botón de nácar
First screened in September 2015
Director: Patricio Guzmán. Documentary about the history of Chile, first in the macro scales of oceanography and indigeneity, then in more recent histories of dictatorship and survival. Screenplay: Patricio Guzmán.

Twitter Capsule: Empathic, poetic speculation from a filmmaker whose equanimity is a miracle. Not quite Nostalgia but much-needed.

VOR:   Guzmán has been vital in different ways at many moments of his career. The diptych of this and Nostalgia for the Light are a remarkable archive of loss, tranquility, and awe.

Photo © 2015 Kino Lorber/Atacama Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Berlin Film Festival: Best Screenplay; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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