When, in 1932, 10-year-old Max is woken up by an airplane landing right by his parents’house, he does not suspect that his encounter with Antoine, the pilot, will not only open him to the beauties of the world, but will also follow him from second World War up to the jail of Pinochet’s Chile.
Neither does he know that a book, Le Grand Meaulnes, will be the missing link between him and Antoine, who is the hero of this book.
Constantly shifting from Chile in the 30’s and the 70’s to the second World War in London, Raoul Ruiz takes us on a very personal film where a novel gradually takes hold of reality, throughout the century. —Bavaria Film International
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more