Tuesday lecture series! Film Series : No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema

The Pearl Button

El botón de nácar

2015, Patricio Guzmán, Chile, 82 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Oct 15th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Oct 18th 6:00pm

“A stunning achievement...Guzmán is hands down the most important director in Chilean cinematic history.” — Kevin B. Lee, Indiewire

In 1978, Guzmán’s BATTLE OF CHILE served as perhaps the crowning moment to a decade of Third Cinema, chronicling the heights and heartbreaking destruction of Salvador Allende’s socialist experiment in Chile. In recent years, Guzmán has reinvented himself as one of the world’s finest film essayists in the tradition of Chris Marker, producer of BATTLE OF CHILE so long ago. He has not, however, changed topics — he continues to reflect on the Pinochet coup and its lasting implications for Chile, even as his purview has literally expanded to cosmic time and space. THE PEARL BUTTON takes water as its master image to explore the history of a country inseparable from its 2600-mile coastline: as the home of the now nearly extinct “water tribes” of the Patagonian archipelago, as the vehicle for the arrival of European colonialists, and as the dumping ground for victims of Pinochet regime. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (Daniel R. Quiles)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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