Ruiz is no lover of documentary. But the opportunity to make an essay-film offering his ‘observations of Chile’ produced in him a mammoth work, recently shown in seven parts on Chilean television. Shooting with a digital camera, Ruiz refinds the mobility and mercuriality of his early Chilean work. But he is also able to explore anew the transmutation of reality into fiction: Chile becomes the imaginary country of Cofralandes, ‘a popular version of paradise, a folkloric paradise. In the beginning there is a song about a place where poor people can live without poverty, and they can eat everything – even the houses. The rivers are made of wine.’
This dream-Chile is shown through the eyes of three travellers, French, German and English. A camera-witness accompanies them, belonging to a Chilean narrator who rediscovers this strange country that is his birthplace. The extravagant characters, unusual situations and unreal images speak of a land where sweetness kills, and oblivion of memory rules.
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Subtitles: French hardcoded subtitles for some Spanish