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Franco-Chilean film director Raul Ruiz dies in Paris

media Raoul Ruiz with French actress Laetitia Casta in Cannes in 2001 AFP

Franco-Chilean film director Raoul Ruiz died Friday in a Paris hospital after contracting a lung infection. Although he was 70, he was still producing widely acclaimed films.

Ruiz's Mysteries of Lisbon, a four-and-a-half hour saga about the life of the 19th-century Portuguese aristocracy, last year wowed cinema-lovers.

Cannes Film Festival 2011

 
When he died he was working on a more personal project, editing a film he had shot about his childhood in Chile.

President Nicolas Sarkozy was one of many in France who remarked on Ruiz's death, calling him an "unmatched storyteller" and "a man of universal culture drawing inspiration from all the arts in all countries".

Raul Ruiz is to be buried in his native Chile and a religious service will also be held in Paris on Tuesday.

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