By Sophia Savage | Indiewire August 8, 2012 at 1:11PM
Legendary filmmaker Raúl Ruiz's final film, "Night Across the Street" (“La Noche de Enfrente”), has been acquired by Cinema Guild for US distribution.
The film -- described as a film about an old office worker who relives both real and imagined memories from his life, while on the verge of retirement -- will be released theatrically early 2013. It debuted earlier this year at Cannes in the Director's Fortnight.
Full press release below.
New York, NY —The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Raúl Ruiz’s final film, “Night Across The Street” (“La Noche de Enfrente”), a fantastical work about an elderly office worker who, on the verge of retirement, begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild with Francois Margolin of Margo Cinema. “Night Across The Street” will open in theaters in early 2013.
On the verge of a forced retirement, Don Celso, an elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life – a trip to the movies as a young boy with Beethoven, listening to tall tales from Long John Silver, a brief stay in a haunted hotel, conversations with a fictional doppelgänger of a real writer. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Herman del Solar, Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself.
“‘Night Across The Street’ is a wonderful film from a legendary director who has been described as ‘a child of seventy years old, for whom cinema was a game.’ His last film aptly fills that description. We are thrilled to be releasing this film,” commented Ryan Krivoshey.
Raúl Ruiz died of a lung infection in Paris on the 19th of August 2011. Born in Puerto-Montt, in Chilean Patagonia, he had just turned seventy at the time of his death. Shot between March and April 2011 in Santiago de Chile, Raúl Ruiz knew that “Night Across The Street” would be his last film, that he would speak to us one final time, from beyond the grave, and that there would be no further films from him after that. “Night Across the Street” is a summation of his work.
“Night Across The Street” premiered in Cannes at Director’s Fortnight. It was produced by François Margolin and Christian Aspee; and stars Christian Vadim, Sergio Hernandez, Valentina Vargad and Chamila Rodriguez.
The Cinema Guild is a distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films, whose upcoming releases include Kleber Mendonca Filho’s “Neighboring Sounds,” Paul Lacoste’s “Step Up To The Plate” and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s “The Law In These Parts.”
Recent Cinema Guild releases include Seung-Jun Yi’s “Planet of Snail,” Hong Sangsoo’s “The Day He Arrives,” Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”