Born in Montevideo, Jorge Ruffinelli is a film and literature critic and researcher. He has been a lecturer at Stanford University (California) since 1986, after having taught in Argentina (University of Buenos Aires, 1973) and in Mexico (where he directed the Centre of Linguistic-Literary Research at the University of Veracruz from 1974 until 1986).
He has published thirteen books, including: El otro México, La viuda de Montiel, El lugar de Rulfo, Las infamias de la inteligencia burguesa, Crítica en marcha, John Reed en México, Poesía y descolonización and La sonrisa de Gardel. His book Patricio Guzmán was published by Cátedra and the Spanish Film Archive in 2001, Víctor Gaviria: los márgenes al centro, by Turner in Madrid (2005), and Sueños de realidad. Fernando Pérez: tres décadas de cine, by Alcalá University (Spain) and the FNCL (Cuba).
In literature, Ruffinelli was twice jury member for the Casa de las Américas Award, in Cuba, and for the Juan Rulfo Award in Guadalajara (Mexico), and in cinema was a member of the Documentary and Feature Film Jury at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Cuba), at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (New Directors Award Jury, 2001) and at the Trieste Latin American Film Festival (Italy).
He has published essays on cinema in Cinemais, Cinémas de l’Amérique Latine, Casa de las Américas, Kinetoscopio, Nuevo Texto Crítico and Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, among other magazines. Over 500 of his essays have come out in different countries. He directed the literary section of Marcha in Uruguay, and currently directs the New Texto Crítico magazine.
In 1993 he made Augusto Monterroso, A Short Story, a documentary on the Guatemalan writer. He has announced the publication in Mexico of his Enciclopedia del Cine Latinoamericano in book, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM format, for which he has written 2,500 as yet unedited articles on Latin American films.