Cofralandes, Chilean Rhapsody

Cofralandes, Chilean Rhapsody (Spanish: Cofralandes, rapsodia chilena) is an experimental four-part 2002 Franco-Chilean digital video series written and directed by Raúl Ruiz for the Chilean Ministry of Education.[1] The first part won the Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America and a FIPRESCI Award at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2002 "for the director's personal exploration into his homeland, using DV in a rigorous yet playful manner".[2]

Cofralandes, Chilean Rhapsody
Directed byRaúl Ruiz
Produced byChristian Aspèe
Raúl Ruiz
Written byRaúl Ruiz
StarringBernard Pautrat
Music byJorge Arriagada
CinematographyInti Briones
Edited bySaskia Berthod
Jean-Christophe Hym
Raúl Ruiz
Distributed byMargo Films
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
312 minutes
CountryChile, France
LanguageSpanish, French


  • Bernard Pautrat as Bernard
  • Raúl Ruiz as narrator
  • Malcolm Coad as English journalist
  • Rainer Krause as German artist
  • Ignacio Agüero as Rafael
  • Mario Montilles as old Rafael
  • Marcial Edwards as guide in the Museum of Nothing
  • Javier Maldonado as guide in the Museum of the Sandwich
  • Francisco Reyes as patriotic priest
  • Amparo Noguera as patriotic priest's realist sister
  • Néstor Cantillana as country bumpkin
  • Isabel Parra as Death
  • Ángel Parra as Our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Miriam Heard as consular officer
  • Luis Villaman as Don Marat the schoolteacher
  • José Luis Barba as Cuban schoolteacher


  1. "Le Cinéma de Raoul Ruiz: Cofralandes". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  2. "Festival awards 2002". Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-05-10.

Further reading

  • Marinescu, Andreea (2017); "Raúl Ruiz's Surrealist Documentary of Return: Le retour d'un amateur de bibliothèques (1983) and Colfralandes (2002)" in Ignacio López-Vicuña and Andreea Marinescu (eds.) Raúl Ruiz's Cinema of Inquiry, Wayne State University Press, pp. 177-196.
  • Rodríguez-Remedi, Alejandra (2009); "Cofralandes: A Formative Space for Chilean Identity" in Miriam Haddu and Joanna Page (eds.) Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 87-103.
  • Thies, Sebastian (2011); "Nomadic Narration and Deterritorialized Nationscape in Cofralandes: Rapsodia chilena (2004) by Raúl Ruiz" in Josef Raab, Sebastian Thies and Daniela Noll-Opitz (eds.) Screening the Americas: Narration of Nation in Documentary, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 273-296.
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