The Pearl Button
The Pearl Button

The Pearl Button

Director Patricio Guzmán

Production year 2015

Length 82min.

Country France/Chile/Spain


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.


Patricio Guzmán
Patricio Guzmán



Renate Sachse


Patricio Guzman

Director of Photography

Katell Djian

Music by

Miranda & Tobar, Hughes Marechal


Alvaro Silva Wuth


Emmanuelle Joly

Production company(ies)

Atacama Productions 8 rue Titon 75011 Paris France

Patricio Guzmán

Studied at the Official Film School in Madrid where he specialized in documentary cinema. His work is regularly selected for and awarded prizes by international festivals. In 1973 he filmed The Battle of Chile, a five-hour documentary about Allende’s period of government and its fall. After the coup d’état, Guzmán was arrested and spent two weeks in the Santiago National Stadium. He left the country in 1973 and moved to Cuba, then Spain and France, where he made other films. He currently chairs the International Documentary FF in Santiago Chile (FIDOCS) that he founded in 1997.


La tortura y otras formas de diálogo (1968, short), El paraíso ortopédico (1969, short), La respuesta de octubre (1972, doc.), Primer año (1973, doc.), La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Primera parte: La insurreción de la burguesía (1975, doc.), La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Segunda parte: El golpe de estado (1976, doc.), La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Tercera parte: El poder popular (1979, doc.), La rosa de los vientos (1983), En nombre de Dios (1987, doc.), La cruz del Sur (1991, doc.), Pueblo en vilo (1995, doc.), Chile, the Obstinate Memory (1997, doc.), La isla de Robinson Crusoe (1999, doc.), Invocación (2000, doc.), The Pinochet Case (2001, doc.), Madrid (2002, doc.), Salvador Allende (2004, doc.), Oscar Saa, Technician of the Stars (2010, doc.), Maria Teresa and the Brown Dwarf (2010, doc.), José Maza, Sky Traveller (2010, doc.), Chile, a Galaxy of Problems (2010, doc.), Astronomers from My Neighborhood (2010, doc.), Nostalgia for the Light (2010, doc.), The Pearl Button (2015).

FILMS 2015