Kino Lorber picks up Guzman’s “The Pearl Button”

The Chilean documentarian's essay film (pictured), which won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale last month, will receive a theatrical release in more than 50 U.S. markets this fall.
March 27, 2015

Distributor Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to documentarian Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button(pictured).

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.

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