NYFF 2012: Raul Ruiz’s last film Night Across the Street
Most of Ruiz’s films aren’t for the feint-hearted. His movies are often obtuse, bizarre and wholly original. Most times, a film’s intent isn’t even completely understood until you’ve seen it a few times. But what I love about Ruiz is that his films are unique. They don’t look or tell a story quite like any other film. Night Across the Street was no different.
Raul Ruiz did so much for Chilean cinema and it was a shame that he died before this film was released. I would have loved to have met him. Instead, his wife Valeria Sarmiento (Ruiz’s longtime editor and a director in her own right) tried to field any audience questions. Mostly what I took from the Q&A is that in the last few months of his life Ruiz was preoccupied with death and that is quite apparent in this film.