Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, to Raoul Ruiz
He had had the pleasure of seeing his immense talent recognized from his
second feature film, “Three Sad Tigers,” which was crowned
1969 of the Golden Leopard in Locarno. Born in Santiago, Raoul Ruiz
left Chile after the fall of President Allende to settle in
Paris in 1973. French by heart, he had become fully in
A few years ago, he obtained French nationality.
Raoul Ruiz’s universe, a universe of profound originality,
steeped in surrealism, populated by fascinating formal finds,
remains largely unexplored. If the public has voted for it for the big
films served by Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Catherine
Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert or Arielle Dombasle, it is often unknown that
Raoul Ruiz has shot a hundred feature films, many of which
still remain today to be discovered or rediscovered.
His latest film, «Mysteries of Lisbon» was awarded the prize in 2010
Louis-Delluc. This year, he was putting the finishing touches to the editing of the
film he had shot about his Chilean childhood. He was a tireless
who was preparing yet another film in Portugal, for which he
had left, it is believed, all the indications that would allow
realize. It is a beautiful will that we may have a
day the joy of discovering, from the great filmmaker but also the
great man of culture that he was.