The Pearl Button

After the acclaimed Nostalgia for the Light, director Patricio Guzmán takes us on a journey into the water and ocean of Southern Chile. 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. This film gives it a voice. Using both archival images and gorgeous new footage, The Pearl Button manages once again to convey different periods of history and geography in a gripping tale of our modern world.

Tune-in to our film podcast for Andy Willis and Jason Wood’s take on The Pearl Button (starts at 06:55):


  • “His work speaks to the past and present, the living and the dead with equal resolve… Grows in magnitude and importance with each passing day.”
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    - Little White Lies
  • “A film of wonder and dread… The Pearl Button is a contemplative stunner.” 

    - Sight & Sound
  • “Guzman’s unique gift lies in his ability to weave together multiple modes of documentary: the picturesque, the political and the poetic.”

    - Indiewire