Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz receives retrospective at La Moneda
Living in France since 1974, Ruiz has become one of international cinema's most prominent voices, and audiences have enjoyed retrospectives of his work in major cities like New York, Paris, and Buenos Aires.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
"Ruíz's Time Regained, featuring John Malkovich and Catherine Deneuve."
From July 25 to August 7, the La Moneda Cultural Center will host a cycle of films by expatriated Chilean director Raúl Ruiz, whose 70 years and over 100 films, shorts, documentaries and TV miniseries make him as prominent a part of Chile’s cultural landscape as the presidential palace beneath which the cycle will be screened.
Born in 1941 in the southern city of Puerto Montt, Ruíz grew up on the island of Chiloé, known throughout Chile for the complex and living mythology that keeps witches, ghosts and sirens thriving among its lush hillocks and hidden bays. As a young man he studied theater and film in Santiago, and began his work in film in the early 1960s. In 1968 he directed Tres Tristes Tigres (Three Sad Tigers), which remains a classic of Chilean cinema to this day.
Like many other artists and intellectuals of his generation, Ruíz fled Chile following the 1973 military coup and settled in Paris whence he has continued his long and prolific career in film, forging a prominent place for himself in the world of French and international cinema.
As versatile as he is prolific, Ruíz (who primarily directs under the Francophone version of his name, Raoul Ruiz) has worked in documentaries and television, short and long films, 35mm and video. Among his best-known works are early films like Dialogues of Exiles and The Suspended Vocation. His career took off beginning in the 1980s with films like Three Crowns of the Sailor, and led Ruiz to work with actors of international acclaim like John Malkovich and Catherine Deneuve, both of whom performed in his Time Regained, an adaptation of the final volume of Marcel Proust’s modernist landmark À la Recherche du Temps Perdu.
Retrospectives of Ruíz’s work have been shown in major centers for film and the arts around the world, in cities in like New York, Buenos Aires, Rome, Geneva, Rotterdam and Paris. In addition to honorary degrees and professorships at universities in Lyon, Aberdeen, and Valparaíso, Ruíz has won prominent awards in Chile like the National Prize of Arts of the Representation and Audiovisual in 1997, and the Art Critics Circle's Bicentennial Award for cinema in 2010, which he shared with his wife of more than 40 years, Valeria Sarmiento.
Films in the series will be shown daily at 8:30pm, and at 4pm from Fridays to Mondays. Entry for most screenings will be CP$500 (US$1), with tickets for special screenings of Días del Campo and Tres Tristes Tigres at CP$2,000 (US$4). See here for a full schedule.