The Pearl Button
aka El botón de nácar First screened in September 2015
Director: Patricio Guzmán. Documentary about the history of Chile, first in the macro scales of oceanography and indigeneity, then in more recent histories of dictatorship and survival. Screenplay: Patricio Guzmán. Twitter Capsule:
Empathic, poetic speculation from a filmmaker whose equanimity is a miracle. Not quite Nostalgia but much-needed.
Guzmán has been vital in different ways at many moments of his career. The diptych of this and Nostalgia for the Light are a remarkable archive of loss, tranquility, and awe.