Life Is a Dream: The Films of Raúl Ruiz (Part 2)
Presented with support from Imagen de Chile and the Embassy of Chile
Arguably Chile’s most internationally renowned and prolific filmmaker, Raúl Ruiz completed over 100 movies in numerous national cinemas. His mind-bending works are obsessed with questions of theology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature, and visual expression; wildly experimental and slyly humorous; surrealist, magical-realist, gothic, and neo-Baroque. To see one of Ruiz’s films is to go on an adventure full of humor, intellectual curiosity, and artistic daring; to see several is to land on a new continent, where his many obsessions find their delirious expression in the most surprising ways and where reason and madness are delightfully, terrifyingly indistinguishable. The Film Society is pleased to present the second part of an ongoing retrospective devoted to Ruiz, including a weeklong revival run of one of his most beloved films, Time Regained (1999), in a new digital restoration.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Dan Sullivan.
Special thanks to NYLO NYC.
Association des Amis de Raoul Ruiz; National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Institut Français; La Cinémathèque française; La Cinémathèque de Toulouse; Valeria Sarmiento; Chamila Rodriguez.
New Digital RestorationRuiz’s most ambitious literary adaptation—an attempt to condense all of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time into a single feature, using the novel’s last installment as a kind of frame—is also one of his most transporting reflections on the movies’ power to seize and preserve moments of time. An NYFF37 selection.
The Blind Owl
Comedy of Innocence
Fado, Major and Minor
The Insomniac on the Bridge
Life Is a Dream
Night Across the Street
On Top of the Whale
The Wandering Soap Opera
North American PremiereShot in 1990 but unfinished until nearly six years after Ruiz’s death, The Wandering Soap Opera is a wildly inventive, episodic satire born of Ruiz and his wife and collaborator Sarmiento’s attempt to view Chilean political life through the sublime and ridiculous prism of the telenovela.
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