Epic set in and around the Battle of Bussaco (1810). Raúl Ruiz was prepping this film when he died in August 2011; his widow Valeria Sarmiento took over directing duties as a homage to him.
Valeria Sarmiento (born 1948) is a Chilean film editor, director and screenwriter. She has directed 18 films since 1972. Her 1991 film Amelia Lópes O’Neill was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. She is the widow of Chilean film director Raúl Ruiz. —wikipedia
Few traits propel Sarmiento’s film maudit above crushing historical adaptation, much less trifling visitation of banal drama: striving to balance turgidity with fleetness in its multi-angled perspectives, yet with such levity as to foster only cursory impressions (‘sprawling mess’ subclass, rather); nor does glitterati cast breed clout as much as suggest gala tribute pantomime. There surely exists a more emboldened monument to Ruiz’s erstwhile prolific life’s work, in light of his widow’s succession perceivably out of her depth.
Our annual round-up of all the posters for the main slate of the New York Film Festival.
Our critics’ TIFF dialogue comes to a close with films by Sarmiento, Ruiz, Kitano, Radwanski and Cohen.