"The Wandering Soap Opera" (2017) | Raul Ruiz | Triangle Premiere

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
wandering soap opera

New Release/Global Cinema

The Wandering Soap Opera 
(Raúl Ruiz, 2017, 80 min, Chile, Spanish with English subtitles, Color, DCP)

In 1990, Ruiz conducted six days of acting workshops and filming in his native Chile, yielding a small wealth of 16mm footage that was never edited together until Valeria Sarmiento, Ruiz’s wife and chief collaborator, returned to it nearly six years after Ruiz’s death in 2011. The result is a wildly inventive, episodic work of political satire born of Ruiz and Sarmiento’s vision of “Chilean reality” as a grand pastiche of soap-opera tropes—in other words, that the best way to understand the political and economic realities Chileans face is to view their situation through the sublime and ridiculous prism of the telenovela. 

Sponsored by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Duke University Libraries, and the US Department of Education.


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