The company will open the film theatrically in more than 50 markets in the fall after it wraps up a festival run. It will then become available on all major digital platforms and on DVD.
The follow-up to the Chilean filmmaker’s 2010 film Nostalgia for the Light, the essay film won a Silver Bear for best script following its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
The Pearl Button explores themes familiar in Guzman’s work – memory, landscape, the legacy of Chile’s military dictatorship – but also looks at recent Chilean history using water as a thematic and aesthetic guide. The doc focuses on Chile’s 2,670 miles of coastline, the Patagonian Indigenous people, the first English sailors and brutalized political prisoners. The title is a reference to two small buttons found in the ocean.
Guzmán is due to receive an Outsanding Achievement Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival next month. The Toronto-based festival, which runs April 23 to May 3, will also present a retrospective of his films.
The film was coproduced by Atacama Productions, Mediapro, France 3 Cinema and Valdivia Film.