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The Pearl Button
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A boat of pearl divers traverses a silver-purple lake. In the sky, the sun casts a long reflection into the water, and two moons float
The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar), dir. Patricio Guzmán, France / Switzerland / Chile / Spain 2015, 78 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 12A

The sea holds all 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 two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and 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 and their tragic history, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners.

Some say that water has memory. This film gives it a voice. Using both archival images and gorgeous new footage, The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) manages once again to convey different periods of history and geography in a tale of our modern world.
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