Chilean Cinema 2015 #3 – El botón de nácar (2015)

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The Pearl Button

(Chile, France, Spain 2015 82m) Village Recoleta

p Bruno Bettati, Adrien Oumhani, Jaume Roures, Renate Sachse d/w Patricio Guzmán ed Patricio Guzmán, Emmanuelle Joly c Katell Djian m Hughes Maréchal, Miguel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar

This is what I had to say about this film from my Filmmaker Magazine Report of the BAFICI, the Festival in which I saw this movie.

The Chilean director’s film examines connections between the Kaweskar (an indigenous tribe that lives in the Chilean Patagonia) and victims of the Pinochet dictatorship who were wrapped in bags and thrown off helicopters into the ocean; the surprising relation between the strands and the surprising origin of the film’s title makes it one of the most profound and entertaining documentaries in Guzmán’s filmography.

I’ll have more to say about this one down the road, in the meantime, go read my BAFICI report for Filmmaker Magazine here.

9/10

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