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The Pearl Button ()

El botón de nácar (original title)
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Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins, Pinochet's coup d'état, and the secret of a mother-of-pearl button at the bottom of the sea.

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Martín Calderón ...
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Cristina ...
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Ema Malig ...
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Gabriela Paterito ...
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Gabriel Salazar Vergara ...
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Raúl Zurita ...
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Directed by

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Patricio Guzmán

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Patricio Guzmán ... (concept)

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Bruno Bettati ... co-producer
Marisa Fernández Armenteros ... associate producer
Eva Garrido ... associate producer
Nicolas Lasnibat ... line producer
Fernando Lataste ... co-producer
Adrien Oumhani ... executive producer
Jaume Roures ... co-producer (as Jaume Roures Llop)
Renate Sachse ... producer

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Hughes Maréchal
Miguel Miranda
José Miguel Tobar

Cinematography by

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Katell Djian

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Patricio Guzmán
Emmanuelle Joly

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Janusz Baranek ... assistant editor
Annie Pierre ... co-assistant editor
Jean Charles Weber ... post production technician
Pablo Polo ... Mastering DCP (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Pamela Chamorro

Production Management

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Verónica Rosselot ... production manager: Chili

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nicolas Lasnibat ... first assistant director

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Jean-Jacques Quinet ... sound mixer
Álvaro Silva Wuth ... sound

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Sophie Denize ... visual effects producer
Manon Le Bas ... vfx project manager
William Untereiner ... visual effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Bravo ... additional cinematography
Yves de Peretti ... additional cinematography
Katell Djian ... camera operator
Paz Errázuriz ... still photographer
Patricio Gianfranco ... additional cinematography
Martín Gusinde ... still photographer
Patricio Guzmán ... additional cinematography
Raúl Veas ... additional cinematography

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Andrés Bueno ... production coordinator: Mediapro
Nicolas Lasnibat ... researcher
Francis Ouellette ... distribution: Canada
Michaela Rothmund ... Risk Management
Renate Sachse ... artistic advisor

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Raúl Zurita ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. 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, 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.

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Also Known As
  • Le bouton de nacre (France)
  • The Pearl Button (World-wide, English title)
  • The Pearl Button (United States)
  • The Pearl Button (United Kingdom)
  • Der Perlmuttknopf (Germany)
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