READ MORE: Berlin Review: Patricio Guzmán’s ‘The Pearl Button’ is a Brilliant Form of Documentary Art
Director Patricio Guzmán is exploring Chile through its oceans in “The Pearl Button,” having first looked towards its skies and deserts in the acclaimed 2010 documentary “Nostalgia For the Light.”
The official synopsis for “The Pearl Button” reads: “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” has already garnered acclaim as one of the few documentaries to win the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The Spanish-language film debuts in limited release on October 23. Watch the trailer above.