Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has reconstructed the complex history of his country through poetic and compelling documentaries such as “The Pinochet Case” and “Nostalgia for the Light,” which are beautifully unconventional explorations on some of the darkest passages Chile has ever experienced.
In his latest work, “The Pearl Button,” Guzmán continues to seek truth and to retrace history, but this time his strongest allies and prime witnesses are found in the natural world. The film won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at this year’s Berlinale.
The official synopsis describes the film as as follows: “The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds 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 a mysterious button that was discovered in its seabed. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline, the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian indigenous people, of the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice.”
“The Pearl Button” opens in NYC at Lincoln Plaza Cinema and IFC Center on October 23rd.
Take a look at the film’s gorgeous debut poster below courtesy of Kino Lorber :