The Golden Boat

A music critic and a deranged serial killer embark on an absurd journey through the Manhattan of the 90s where there is no shortage of international bohemians, hipsters with a fierce demeanor and femmes fatales. Recovered by the Museum of Modern Art of NY many years after being filmed, The Golden Boat is one of the last works of the Chilean experimental and radical filmmaker Raoul Ruiz. Shot in 1990, this film already considered a cult movie features essential figures of American independent cinema such as Jim Jarmusch, Michael Kirby and Babet Schroeder.
Shot with the tone of a farce, The Golden Boat is Ruiz’s interpretation of the absurd and melodramatic phenomenon of the soap-operas television that reigned at that time. As if it were an experimental and parodic chapter of Twin Peaks, The Golden Boat depicts events that happen without any logical cause. Furthermore, the use of the television as a pornographic device, with its close-ups, exacerbated expressions and capricious use of the music and canned laughter ends up taking over the story and its content. Curious, absurd and highly funny, The Golden Boat will leave more than one viewer both open-mouthed and fascinated. Viewed only by a small number of cinephiles, since there are almost no copies in circulation of the film, Americana has the great honor of screening this lost jewel worthy of the Audience Award at the Rotterdam festival in 1991.


1991: Rotterdam International Film Festival: Audience Award

Year: 1990
Runtime: 83 min
Country: USA, Belgium
Direction: Raoul Ruiz
Screenplay: Raoul Ruiz
Cinematography: Maryse Alberti
OST: John Zorn
Cast: Michael Kirby, Federico Muchnik, Brett Alexander
Genre: Comedy
Language: VOSE
Subtitles: XXX
Contact: Jordi Torrent