Valeria Sarmiento

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Valeria Sarmiento
Born (1948-10-29) 29 October 1948 (age 69)
Valparaíso, Chile
Occupation Film editor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1972-present

Valeria Sarmiento (born 29 October 1948) is a Chilean film editor, director and screenwriter. She has worked both in film and television. She has directed 19 feature films and documentaries since 1972. Her debut feature Notre mariage (1984) was a Grand Prix winner for Best New Director at the San Sebastián International Film Festival[1] and her 1991 film Amelia Lópes O'Neill was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[2] She is the widow of Chilean film director Raúl Ruiz with whom she worked for decades as regular collaborator, editor and writer. She has also edited films for Luc Moullet, Robert Kramer and Ventura Pons and is a Guggenheim Fellow (1988). Her film Lines of Wellington competed for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[3]


Sarmiento was born in the Chilean municipality of Valparaíso, where she studied film. She married filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (director) in 1969. Four years later they were forced to move to Paris (France) in 1974[4] due to the Chilean Coup d'état of Augusto Pinochet in September 1973.[5] Sarmiento recalled having been exposed to film at the age of five, where she grew familiar with the works of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and others.[5] Sarmiento was rarely exposed to French films due to censorship but by what she refers to as a moment of "magic" she was able to see Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960 film) at the age of twelve.[5]


Sarmiento made her debut as a director with her documentary Un sueño como de colores (1972) about a group of women dedicated to striptease. The tone of this documentary would be a recurring theme for Sarmiento's work on issues related to women, machismo, and similar topics.[6] She has also acted in some works directed by Ruiz, like the feature Diálagos de exiliados (1975) and the short film Voyage d'une main (1985). Sarmiento's career in film and television covers the second half of the twentieth century up until 2013.

Year Title Role
Director Screenwriter Editor Actor
1972 Un sueño como de colores Yes
Poeísa popular: la teoría y la práctica Yes Yes
Los minuteros Yes Yes
La expropiacíon Yes
1975 Diálagos de exiliados Yes Yes
1977 Colloque de chiens Yes
1978 Genèse d'un repas Yes
La vocation suspendue Yes
1979 Le mal du pays Yes Yes
Gens du nulle part, gens de toutes parts Yes Yes Yes
1980 La borgne Yes
Guns Yes
1981 The Territory Yes
1982 Het dak van de Walvis Yes
El hombre cuando es hombre Yes Yes
1983 Les minutes d'un faiseur de film Yes
Les trois couronnes du matelot Yes
La ville des pirates Yes
1984 7 faux raccords Yes
Notre mariage Yes Yes
1985 Voyage d'une main Yes Yes
La isla del tesoro Yes
1987 Brise-glace Yes
1990 La chouette aveugle Yes
Amelia Lópes O'Neill Yes Yes
1994 Viaggio clandestino - Vite di santi e di peccaroti Yes
1995 Wind Water Yes
Elle Yes
1997 Le film à avenir Yes
Genealogies of a Crime Yes
1998 L'inconnu de Strasbourg Yes Yes
Carlos Fuentes: Un voyage dans les temps Yes
2000 Combat d'amour en songe Yes
2001 Les âmes fortes Yes
2002 Rosa la china Yes Yes
2003 Ce jour-là Yes
Une place parmi les vivants Yes
2004 Edipo Yes
2005 Le domaine perdu Yes
2006 Klimt Yes
2008 Secretos Yes Yes
2010 A Closed Book Yes
Misterios de Lisboa Yes
2012 Linhas de Wellington (conceived by Raúl Ruiz (director), completed by Sarmiento) Yes
2013 Diario de mi residencia en Chile: María Graham Yes


  1. ^ "Morelia Film Fest". 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Programme". Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  4. ^ 1942-, Torres, Augusto M. (2008-01-01). 720 directores de cine. Ariel. OCLC 434211769. 
  5. ^ a b c Audé, Françoise (1985). "Entretien avec Valeria Sarmiento". Positif. 296: 23 – via Screen Studies Collection. 
  6. ^ Jacqueline., Mouesca, (2005-01-01). El documental chileno. LOM Ediciones. OCLC 66381088. 


Nomadías. El cine de Marilú Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vásquez by Elizabeth Ramírez and Catalina Donoso (2016)

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