Argentine vanguardist film director Hugo Santiago, Died at 78


Hugo Santiago Muchnick 12 December 1939, in Buenos Aires, Argentina and died on 27 February 2018.

He was a Argentine vanguardist film director.

Muchnick has lived in France since 1959.

Muchnick studied Literature, Philosophy and Music.

Muchnick was assistant director to Robert Bresson, from 1959 to 1966

During 1969 Muchnick made his first feature film Invasión in his native Argentina based on an idea by celebrated writers Adolfo Bioy Casares and Jorge Luis Borges, who also co-wrote the script.

This classic of Argentinian cinema was followed by another collaboration with the famed writers Les Aultres in 1974.

In 1979 Muchnick made Écoute voir with Catherine Deneuve cast as a female detective investigating a gang looking to control people using radio waves.

He returned to Argentina with Les Trottoirs de Saturne a reflection on his own exile in 1986.

Before his latest feature film, stylish detective thriller Le Loup de la côte Ouest (2002), he directed theatrical adaptations for the screen of Sophocles (Électre), Bertolt Brecht (La Vie de Galilée) and the Opera by Iannis Xenakis (La Geste gibelline).

Before he directed in 1961 he was a choreographer and metteur en scene for Histoire du Soldat at the Stravinsky Festival.

He has supported the work of other filmmakers over the years, including producing Sérail / Surreal Estate by Eduardo de Gregorio (1976) and narrating Raúl Ruiz’s Les Trois couronnes du matelot (1983).

During 1977, Hugo also appeared in Ruiz’s short film Colloque de chiens.

Muchnick died on 27 February 2018 in Paris.

He passed away at the age of 78