Portuguese American Journal

Raul Ruiz: Director of “Mysteries of Lisbon” died – Paris

Raul Ruiz, film director of Portuguese epic drama “Mysteries of Lisbon” died in Paris, Friday, at the age of 70. He was submitted to a liver transplant after being diagnosed with liver cancer when he was directing “Mysteries of Lisbon” his latest film.

The film won in 2010 France’s prestigious Louis Delluc Award.

Based on a novel by Portuguese 19th century writer, Camilo Castelo Branco,”Mysteries of Lisbon” is currently in cinemas in the United States, where it premiered on August 5, in New York.

In France, where the film was released recently, it was seen by more than 100,000 viewers. The film was also released in Spain, Taiwan, Switzerland and Belgium.

Born in Chile in 1941, Ruiz directed more than 100 films, including the most acclaimed Time Regained, Klimt, Genealogies of A Crime, Three Lives and Only One Death, The Hypothesis Of The Stolen Painting, Richard III, Shattered Image, The Golden Boat, and The Penal Colony.

He wrote and directed for the stage and taught film studies at international universities studies, including Harvard University in the United States.

Most recently he directed a feature about the life of French novelist Jean Giono and one based on the memoirs of Napoleon’s generals.

Ruiz was born in Chile in 1941, and left the country during Pinochet’s fascist coup of 1973 and has lived in Paris since.

Ruiz is survived by his wife Valeria Sarmiento, also a film director and editor.

A funeral ceremony will be held on August 23, at 10.30, at the Chruch of Saint-Paul in Paris. Raul Ruiz will be buried in his native Chile.

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