Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Following his acclaimed 2010 documentary Nostalgia for the Light, legendary Patricio Guzmán delivers an equally stunning achievement with The Pearl Button. Whereas Nostalgia… vividly explored Chile’s national heritage through its distinctive skies and deserts, The Pearl Button takes water as its central metaphor through which flows a stream of historical recollections and poetic reflections, rendered with breathtaking visual clarity. Chile is a country exposed to water, with one of the longest oceanic coastlines of any nation; but its tragedies have often involved conflicts over what little arable land it has amidst its deserts and mountain ranges. As if to provide an object lesson in how his nation should direct its attention, Guzman dives into a deep investigation of the significance of water, and emerges with a lucid stream of lamentations and questions concerning his nation’s tragic history. His unique gift lies in his ability to weave together multiple modes of documentary: the picturesque, the political and the poetic. KBL

Sections: Panorama Competencia DDHH
Thursday 16 - 19:50 h
Village Recoleta Room: 7
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Friday 17 - 14:20 h
Village Recoleta Room: 7
Tickets sold out

Monday 20 - 16:30 h
ArteMultiplex Belgrano Room: 1
Tickets sold out

English title: The Pearl Button
Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 82
Seconds: 0


D, G: Patricio Guzmán  

F: Katell Djian  

E: Emmanuelle Joly  

S: Álvaro Silva Wuth  

M: Miranda & Tobar, Hugues Maréchal  

P: Renate Sachse, Bruno Bettati, Fernando Lataste, Jaume Roures Llop

CP: Atacama Productions, Valdivia Film, Mediapro, France 3 Cinéma


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Patricio Guzmán Chile

Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1941, he lives in France since 1998. He’s the founder and president of Santiago’s Documentary Film Festival. Bafici ‘11 showed a focus on his work, which included the three parts of La batalla de Chile (1975), The Southern Cross (1992), and Nostalgia for the Light (2010).

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