La telenovela errante (The Wandering Soap Opera)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 4:50 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.

Where: Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego | get directions

Cost: $7.50 - $11

Age limit: 18+

Tagline: Raúl Ruiz’s incomplete experimental cinematic effort from 1990 was completed in 2017 by his widow and creative collaborator Valeria Sarmiento. Shot in gorgeous Super 16mm, composed of 7 vignettes, and featuring one zany performance after another from a cast having the time of their lives, La telenovela errante is a glorious sendup of the telenovela, which, at the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, Ruiz called the very best lens through which to understand "Chilean reality." Synopsis: Filmed by Chilean master Raúl Ruiz in 1990 but left unfinished until it was completed by his wife and collaborator Valeria Sarmiento in 2017, The Wandering Soap Opera is a dreamily interconnected series of vignettes that spoof on telenovela conventions while reflecting Ruiz's feelings upon returning to his native Chile after more than 15 years away. In one episode, a man seduces a woman by showing her his muscles, which are actually slabs of raw meat slapped into her hand. Later, the man has a gun pulled on him when he accuses a poet of plagiarism. Meanwhile, through the television screen, five women have lost their husbands after an earthquake and embrace a better future together. All along, back and forth across screens, people are watching. Showtimes: Friday, June 28: 6:20 10:00 Saturday, June 29: 2:40 6:20 Sunday, June 30: 3:00 6:50 Monday, July 1: 3:00 8:50 Tuesday, July 2: 10:00am 7:00 Wednesday, July 3: 4:50 Thursday, July 4: 12:00 3:40


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