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Famed Mexican Auteur Arturo Ripstein's 'Bleak Street' Gets US Run

First Posted: Dec 23, 2015 01:54 PM EST
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Famed Mexican director Arturo Ripstein will see his latest film premiere at the Film Forum in January.

According to a press release, "Beak Street" follows the story of two luchadors and two prostitutes whose best days are "long behind them." The film is shot in black-and-white and has earned high praise from such outlets as Cinema Scope and Variety.

The film will be featured for a two-week engagement in New York.

Ripstein, 73, is well-known in Mexico for his diverse filmography which constantly portrays the bizarre in Mexico. Ripstein, of course, was mentored by none other than the legendary director Luis Bunuel who was well-known for his surrealist cinema which includes "Le Chien Andalou," "The Exterminating Angel," "Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie" and such dramas as "Viridiana," "Belle du Jour" and "Tristana."

Ripstein worked for Bunuel as an uncredited assistant director and eventually directed his first feature, which was written by legendary writers Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes; the film was entitled "Tiempo de Morir." From there he only ascended into the status of being one of Mexico's most venerated filmmakers, earning recognition at such festivals as the Moscow International Film Festival.

In 1997 he was awarded the National Prize of Arts and Sciences by the Mexican government, being only the second filmmaker, after Bunuel to win the award.

According to IMDb, Ripstein has directed well over 50 films including "Deep Crimson," the film that made him famous in the U.S. He has also directed "El coronel no tiene quien le escriba," based on the novel by Garcia Marquez and staring Salma Hayek and Marisa Paredes. "El Coronel" was one of three Ripstein films nominated for the Palme d'Or; he also got nominations for "El santo oficio (1974)" and "La reina de la noche (1994)."

Cinema runs in the Ripstein bloodline as Arturo was the son of famed Mexican producer Alfredo Ripstein; he has 90 films to his credit. Arturo Ripstein's wife Paz Alicia Garciadiego has been a writer for many of Ripstein's films, including "Deep Crimson" and "Bleak Street." Finally, Arturo Ripstein's son Gabriel Ripstein is a well-known film producer whose directorial debut "600 Miles" has become Mexico's official submission for this year's Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. Moreover, that film won Best First Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year.

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