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The Pearl Button

FilmSpecial EventFilms for Ages 15+

Patricio Guzmán / Chile, France, Spain / 2015 / 82 mins / Spanish, Kawésqar with English subtitles / Documentary

Hear My Eyes and HRAFF present
The Pearl Button

with live score by Mick Turner (Dirty Three)

Winning the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Best Script, The Pearl Button explores the scientific and metaphysical properties of water to demonstrate the unity of humanity, nature and the universe. Focusing on his home country of Chile, director Patricio Guzmán offers profound insights into its Indigenous cultures, including the impact of colonisation and Augusto Pinochet’s ruthless dictatorship from 1973-1990. The Pearl Button is a visually astounding piece of cinema that’s filled with fascinating insights from poets, anthropologists, historians and philosophers


Live Score

Mick Turner is the guitarist from iconic Australian instrumental rock band, Dirty Three as well as a solo artist. Turner, an admirer of The Pearl Button, will perform an original, semi-improvised live score to complement the film. His unique style of effortlessly entrancing guitar tones has featured on records with Cat Power, Bonny prince Billy, and Nick Cave.


This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

HRAFF is extremely excited for its inaugural collaboration with Hear My Eyes this year. The Melbourne-based creative organisation produces audio-visual events that push the conventions of cinema and sound beyond their traditional forms. Pairing films with an original live score performed by local musicians, this event will be a unique and immersive experience.

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