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Ecumenical jury honours El botón de nácar at Berlinale

February 16, 2015

At the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) the ecumenical film prize was awarded to El botón de nácar (The mother-of-pearl button) by Chilean documentary director Patricio Guzmán. The film deals with recent Chilean history - from the colonial period to Pinochet's military dictatorship - taking the perspective of the respective victims. Guzmán uses water as a leitmotiv, both as an elementary resource for Chileans and a symbolic link to their past.

The jury motivated its decision with the "moving story of people in Patagonia and Chile", recalling "that human suffering and injustice are not limited to individual political or social systems". El botón de nácar was the only documentary film among the 19 competition entries.

EUR 2500 went to each of the films Ned Rifle by Hal Hartley in the Panorama section and Histoire de Judas by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche in the Forum section. The prize money was donated by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Catholic Bishops' Conference.

The ecumenical jury is organised by Interfilm, the international Protestant film network, and Signis, the World Catholic Organisation for Communication. (epd/



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