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France / Italy / Romania / Spain, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Raoul Ruiz


With almost 100 film projects to his credit, Raoul Ruiz has a firm place among the great directors of our time. The Lost Domain masterfully blends political and personal themes in a story about friendship and the test of time.
This intricately structured plot starts in 1932 where 10-year-old Max is awoken by an airplane. He doesn't suspect that his encounter with the pilot will not only open the beauties of the world to him but follow him from World War II to the jails of Pinochet's Chile. Neither does he realise that a book will prove to be the missing link between him and the pilot.
Flitting back and forth across several timeframes and settings - most notably Chile of 1932 and 1973, and the UK during World War II - Ruiz demonstrates his skills as a masterful storyteller whose narrative unfolds as a pleasurable slowburn. As a political exile of Chile himself, Ruiz fashions a film that is both telling and personal.

D Raoul Ruiz P Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil S Raoul Ruiz WS Bavaria Film International L French w/English subtitles
TD 35mm/2005/106mins

Raoul Ruiz was born in Puerto Montt, Chile, in 1941. His many films include Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983), Time Regained (MIFF 2000) and Días de Campo (MIFF 2005).

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