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CITY OF PIRATES

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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