Raul Ruiz, 'Mysteries of Lisbon' Director, Dies

6:40 AM PST 08/19/2011 by Rebecca Leffler
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The filmmaker, who directed Catherine Deneuve in "Geneologies of a Crime," died of a pulmonary infection at 70.

PARIS -- Chilean-born, France-residing director Raul Ruiz died Friday in Paris after a long, internationally-acclaimed career.

The 70-year-old filmmaker most recently won this year’s prestigious French film award the Louis Delluc Prize for Mysteries of Lisbon.

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Born in 1941 in Chile, Ruiz moved to France in 1973 to escape the dictatorship and subsequently made dozens of films including Geneologies of a Crime starring Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli, Le Temps Retrouve based on a Marcel Proust novel of the same name and Dias de Campo.

The director had been hard at work finishing editing his last film about his childhood in Chile and already preparing another project in Portugal about a Napoleonic battle starring Melvil Poupaud, according to his producer Francois Margolin.

Ruiz died of a pulmonary infection.

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