Raúl Ruiz’s first feature was thought lost for decades until its incomplete silent reels were found in a Santiago cinema. The late Chilean auteur’s work was continued by his widow and longtime editor, Valeria Sarmiento, who is a subversive and brilliant filmmaker herself. Like the tango, it proceeds both forwards and backwards, with faces from 1967 and voices from 2019 combining for the story of a man haunted by his wife’s roving ghost. Doc and fiction combine in ways beautiful, humorous, and gloriously unnerving to form the apotheosis of a cinema forever smiling towards death. (A. C)
Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento
Raúl Ruiz is the most renowned Chilean filmmaker in the world, and one the most important contributors to film theory and experimentation. He directed more than 120 films, awarded at Locarno, Berlinale, San Sebastián, and Paris. Valeria Sarmiento has directed more than 28 films, including Mi Boda Contigo (Best Debut Film, San Sebastián), Las Líneas de Wellington (representing Portugal at the Oscars), and La Telenovela Errante (Independent Critic Award at Locarno).