The Locarno Film Festival has announced today the lineup for its 70th anniversary edition which includes the world premiere of La telenovela errante ("The Wandering Soap Opera") the long lost film by the late Chilean director Raúl Ruiz which he shot in November of 1990, and was his first production back in Chile after the end of the Pinochet dictatorship.
The film's negatives and script were scattered between Santiago, Paris, and Duke University in the U.S. Ruiz's widow, director Valeria Sarmiento, spearheaded the project of finalizing the film with the collaboration of actors Chamila Rodríguez and editor Galut Alarcón. La telenovela errante becomes Ruiz's 121st film, a prolific director who died in 2011 at the age of 70.
The only other Latin American film in Locarno's international competition is the Brazilian film As Boas Maneiras / Good Manners by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra. Two other Brazilian films will participate in the two other sections of the Swiss festival: Severina (in co-production with Uruguay) by Felipe Hirsch in the Cineasti del Presente competition, and Era uma vez Brasília / Once Upon a Time Brasilia by Adirley Queirós, Brasil in the Signs of Life section. In this same section, the Dominican film Cocote by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias will have its world premiere.
Rounding up the Latin American representation at this year's festival are the Cuban short films Armageddon 2 by Corey Hughes and Los Perros de Amundsen by Rafael Ramírez, and the Colombian short Palenque by Sebastián Pinzón Silva, participating in the Pardi di Domani section.
The 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will take place August 2-12 in Switzerland.