El tango del viudo y su espejo deformante (The Tango of the Widower and its Distorting Mirror), 1967/2020, Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento

El tango del viudo y su espejo deformante (The Tango of the Widower and its Distorting Mirror)

Regie: Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento; Drehbuch: Raúl Ruiz, Omar Saavedra Santis, Valeria Sarmiento nach der Kurzgeschichte The Apple Tree von Daphne Du Maurier; Kamera: Diego Bonacina; Schnitt: Carlos Piaggio; Musik: Jorge Arriagada; Darsteller*innen: Rubén Sotoconil, Sergio Hernández, Claudia Paz, Chamila Rodríguez, Luis Alarcón, Néstor Cantillana. CL, 1967/2020, DCP (von 16mm), sw, 63 min. Spanisch mit engl. UT

Preceded by:
La Maleta (The Suitcase)
Raúl Ruiz; Kamera: Enrique Urteaga. CL, 1963, DCP (von 16mm), sw, 21 min
Ahora te vamos a llamar hermano (Now We're Going to Call you Brother)
Regie, Drehbuch: Raúl Ruiz; Kamera: Mario Handler; Schnitt: Carlos Piaggio. CL, 1971, DCP (von 16mm), Farbe, 14 min. Spanisch mit engl. UT

Three works from different creation periods. La Maleta, Ruiz's very first directorial work, originally planned as a feature-length, then only 21 minutes long for financial reasons, is the story of a man with a suitcase in which a second smaller man is hidden. What would later characterize Ruiz's works, the surreal avant-garde directorial gesture, can already be encountered here. The film was considered lost for many years, but when the raw footage was rediscovered in 2008, Ruiz recut it. Then El tango ..., the next hopeful candidate for Ruiz's feature-length debut. But the project stalled and remained as an edited 35mm negative with no soundtrack. Only after Ruiz's death did his collaborator and widow, Valeria Sarmiento, set about completing it. It centers around the widower Señor Iriarte, a confused scholar who is haunted by his wife's ghost after her death. Finally, Ahora te vamos ..., in which Ruiz documents a meeting between representatives of the Mapuche people and President Salvador Allende. (M.G.)

The film was restored by POETASTROS.
With Valeria Sarmiento in attendance on October 26