One of Chile’s most renowned and prolific film-makers, Raul Ruiz (1941-2011) is the subject of a major retrospective at La Cinémathèque française, in Paris, bringing together over 75 of his films.

Ruiz is best known for his avant-garde, experimental cinema, where surrealism, irony and paradox unfold together with enigmatic plots. Supported by the Government of Chile (CNCA), this is the film-maker’s largest retrospective to date and premieres 16 newly-restored films in digital format, commissioned by the Cinémathèque, including Diálogo de Exiliados (Dialogue of Exiles, 1975), Bérénice (1983), Tres Tristes Tigres (Three Sad Tigers, 1968) and La Recta Provincia (2007), the latter two with support from CNCA.

During his 40-year career, Ruiz worked with leading international actors including Isabelle Huppert, Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich. Following the critical acclaim of his Tres Tristes Tigres, Ruiz became a key figure in Latin American cinema. His success amongst international critics is partly responsible for the renewed interest in and recognition of Chile’s burgeoning film industry. Ruiz and his wife and fellow director Valeria Sarmiento fled Chile shortly after the 1973 coup d’etat, settling permanently in Paris, France. Now, five years after his death, Ruiz’s films will return to the big screen in the city which became his second home.

Today, on 30 March, the retrospective debuts with Les Trois couronnes du matelot (The Three Crowns of the Sailor, 1983), considered by many as one of Ruiz’s masterpieces as well as a parable of his exile from Chile. The ministers of culture from France and Chile – Audrey Azoulay and Ernesto Ottone Ramírez – as well as Costa-Gravas and Frédéric Bonnaud, President and CEO of La Cinémathèque française, respectively, will attend the opening reception.

Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, Minister of Culture of Chile, says: "Raul Ruiz is one of the most original and prolific directors in the history of cinema. With around 120 films to his credit, the trajectory of this filmmaker is essential material for universal cinematography and a key showcase for Chilean and Latin American culture."

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