He may be gone, but Raúl Ruiz is not forgotten, as the acclaimed director’s last completed project picks up another award.
The prolific and enigmatic Chilean filmmaker’s Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon) received the best foreign film award at the International Press Academy‘s 16th annual Satellite Awards on Sunday.
Ruiz’s Portuguese-language melodrama is a masterful adaptation of the 19th-century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.
It follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Mistérios de Lisboa, which Ruiz had called one of his most theoretical films, had already picked up prizes at the São Paulo International Film Festival, San Sebastián
International Film Festival, Prix Louis Delluc and at the Portuguese Golden Globes.
Ruiz, who passed away at the age of 70 this past August, was a highly regarded director of more than 100 films in several languages.