A compendium of camera tricks and refracted reflections imbues Ruiz’s astonishing first collaboration with the peerless French cinematographer and fabulist Henri Alekan. The film’s ostensible goal is to survey the present state of the 16th-century castle-cum-modern-day tourist attraction Château de Chambord, and Ruiz combines the visit with narrated reflections and a title inspired by ninth-century Irish philosopher Johannes Scotus. The result is a study on how human beings come to understand their surroundings, at the levels both of place and of time.
Raúl Ruiz Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino (1941-2011) was a Chilean writer, teacher, theater artist, film theorist, and filmmaker who believed with full sincerity that the cinema was a field of limitless possibilities. He sought to discover them over the course of more than 100 films, including works left lost or unfinished that audiences still might someday see.