Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento, The Wandering Soap Opera/La Telenova errante, 1990/2017, film still. Courtesy Poetastros

Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento, The Wandering Soap Opera/La Telenova errante, 1990/2017, film still. Courtesy Poetastros

Following the lifting of martial law in 1990, Raúl Ruiz returned to Chile where he filmed The Wandering Soap Opera with local actors and old collaborators. Ruiz approached contemporary Chilean society as a competition between conflicting fantasies, based on the assumption that 'Chilean reality does not exist, but rather is an ensemble of soap operas. [...] Political and economic problems are dissolved in a gelatinous fictional melange divided into evening episodes. The entire reality of Chile is viewed from the point of view of the soap opera, which acts as a filter revealing this reality.' Left unfinished until 2017, The Wandering Soap Opera was recovered by Valeria Sarimento, Ruiz's long-term collaborator and partner. This remarkable cinema archaeology has reintroduced a central Ruiz work.

UK premiere

The Wandering Soap Opera / La Telenovela errante
Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento

£7.50 / £6

Sun 18 March, 4-6pm

Tyneside Cinema

10 - 12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
Ne1 6QG
tynesidecinema.co.uk
Box Office 0191 227 5500