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The Pearl Button

UK Release Date Friday, 18 March 2016
Certificate TBC
Director Patricio Guzmán
Cast Patricio Guzmán, Raúl Zurita
Distributor FDA Critics


After the acclaimed Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la Luz, 2010), with its study of the
desert, the stars, light and time, as well as the recent memory and remains of disappeared
people in Northern Chile under Pinochet, Patricio Guzmán takes us on a journey into the
water and ocean of Southern Chile.

The sea holds all the voices of the earth and those that come from outer space. Water
receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest
border in Chile, also holds the secret of two mysterious buttons which were found on its
ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world,
presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are the
voices and languages of the Patagonian indigenous peoples and their tragic history, the first
English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory.
This film gives it a voice. Using both rarely seen archival images and breath-taking new
footage, The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) manages once again to navigate different
periods of history and geography in a gripping and lyrical tale of the world we live in.

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