Night Across the Street (La noche de enfrente)
Drifting on a tide of gentle delirium through a man's memories as he considers his own impending demise, this fond farewell is more nimble and mischievous than elegiac, which attains a wry poignancy in light of Ruiz's death.
Loosely adapted from a novel by Hernan del Solar, Ruiz's densely allusive screenplay circles the life of Don Celso (Sergio Hernandez), a bespectacled office worker on the verge of retirement.
Filmed in Santiago and spanning several decades from the mid-to-late 20th Century, it playfully jumps backwards and forwards in time, illustrating the ageing hero's dictum that time is like "a game of marbles". This sentiment aptly summarises Ruiz's freewheeling approach to narrative.
To celebrate the Australian premiere screening of Ruiz's latest film, The Melbourne Cinematheque presents a lecture on this visionary filmmaker by world-renowned film scholar, Adrian Martin. Martin is intimately familiar with Ruiz's life and work and will provide some thought-provoking words on the film in the context of Ruiz's vast oeuvre.