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France / Portugal, 1983 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Raul Ruiz

La Ville Les Pirates stunned the Venice Film Festival with its breathtaking imagery and bloodthirsty relationship between a murderous child and the woman who may be his mother. Between Anne Alvaro, a noted stage actress here making her screen debut, and another murderer who has taken refuge on Prate island, there develops a strange complicity.

Could he be the same boy? Ruiz seems to be holding up a kaleidoscope to our staid universe...this, his most delirious work to date, is unlike anything else in contemporary cinema

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dias de campo

Chile/France, 2004
Following more than three decades in exile, acclaimed Chilean auteur Raul Ruiz returns to his homeland to bring cinema audiences [Dias de Campo]. This film was inspired by two stories from Chilean no… More »


France, 1979
This is the film that firlmy established Ruiz at the centre of debates on the avant-garde of the last ten years. It started off as A documentary on Parisian intellectual, Pierre Klossowski,who had ju… More »


France/Sweden, 1987
This three part film is just one clement of an extraordinary multi-media project initiated by the (obviously enlightened) French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sent a group of artists out for two… More »


An erotic dance. An act of love. A bodily confrontation. ... From Raul Ruiz's Maison de la Culture at Le Havre. ... More »


USA, 1990
Raul Ruiz is undeniably a unique figure in world cinema. With well over 40 films to his credit since he began his career in 1968 in Chile, Ruiz has been acclaimed as one of the most inventive & trans… More »

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