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Mysteries of Lisbon

Film/Video

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Mysteries of Lisbon

Raúl Ruiz, 2010

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 1 PM

“The most glorious achievement of Raúl Ruiz's prodigious career and one of the first cinematic masterpieces of this century.”—Film Comment

In August the film world was saddened by the loss of prolific Chilean-born filmmaker Raúl Ruiz, who left us with 113 films from his singular 48-year career. Evoking the intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens, Mysteries of Lisbon follows a child born out of an ill-fated aristocratic romance who yearns to learn the truth about his parentage. Based on a 19th-century novel by Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco, Ruiz’s last film unfolds over three decades and throughout four European countries. (257 mins., video)