The Pearl Button

Directed by Patricio Guzmán

The Pearl Button

Writer Patricio Guzmán
Produced by Renate Sachse
Directed by Patricio Guzmán

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 is a vivid, essential portal to understanding not only the heritage of a nation, but also the art of nonfiction cinema." -Indiewire

"Mesmerizing." -The Playlist


  • Winner Silver Bear for Best Script, 2015 Berlin Film Festival

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Venue City Date
Pickford Film Center Bellingham 1462766400May 9, 2016
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1461297600April 22 - April 23, 2016
Art Theatre Champaign 1460433600April 12, 2016
Sonoma Film Institute Rohnert Park 14600880004/8 & 4/10
Reel Pizza Cinerama Bar Harbor 1457413200March 8 - March 10, 2016
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1456376400February 25 - February 26, 2016
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1453266000January 20, 2016
Austin Film Society Austin 14525748001/12 & 1/18 ONLY
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1449205200December 4 - December 17, 2015
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1449205200December 4 - December 10, 2015
The Screen Santa Fe 1448600400November 27, 2015 - January 14, 2016
Plaza De Oro Twin Santa Barbara 1448427600November 25, 2015
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival Minneapolis 144808200011/21, 11/23, 11/25
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1447995600November 20 - November 26, 2015
Landmark West End Cinema Washington 1447995600November 20 - November 26, 2015
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1447995600November 20 - November 26, 2015
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1447390800November 13 - November 19, 2015
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1447390800November 13 - November 19, 2015
IFC Center New York 1445572800October 23 - November 19, 2015
Lincoln Plaza Cinema New York 1445572800October 23 - November 5, 2015

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