FIPRESCI Platinum Award to Arturo Ripstein

June 19, 2019

The Transatlantyk Festival 2019 informs:
FIPRESCI Platinum Award 94 for Arturo Ripstein

During this year's Transatlantyk Festival, the prestigious jubilee FIPRESCI Platinum Award 94 will be given to the greatest living Mexican director - Arturo Ripstein.
Arturo RipsteinArturo Ripstein, one of the world's greatest filmmakers, was born in December 1943 in Mexico City. Being the son of a film producer, Ripstein had been surrounded by the film world since his childhood. His long-time friendship with Luis Buñuel, whom he met on the set of Nazarín as a teenager, was extremely important to his artistic attitude. At the age of 21, he made his debut with Time to Die (Tiempo de morir, 1965), to which script was written by Gabriel García Márquez in collaboration with Carlos Fuentes. In the 1960’s and 1970’s he created many films important for the national and world cinematography, including Memories of the Future (Los recuerdos del porvenir, 1969), The Castle of Purity (El castillo de la pureza, 1972), Hell Without Limits (El lugar sin límites, 1977) or Life Sentence (Cadena Perpetua,1978). The next decades brought him global fame. Films such as The Realm of Fortune (El imperio de la fortuna, 1986), The Beginning and the End (Principio y fin, 1993), The Queen of the Night (La reina de la noche, 1994), Deep Crimson (Profundo carmesí, 1996) or No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escriba, 1999) were widely commented at international film festivals in Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian or Berlin. Arturo Ripstein is a laureate of, among others, two Golden Shells of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, numerous “Mexican Oscars” and a special Biennial Award awarded to him during the 72nd Venice Film Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this outstanding director's career.

Ripstein is an uncompromising creator. Often, with cruel honesty, he settles accounts with the forms of oppression rooted in Mexican culture: patriarchal norm, provincialism, machismo models or lack of tolerance. His works, though rough and often thick with sadness, uniquely combine brutality and beauty, callousness with compassion, accompanying the characters' feelings of loneliness with the lively interest of other people.

The Transatlantyk International Film Festival is one of two film festivals in the world, during which the jubilee awards of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI are awarded. These prizes are presented to outstanding film directors who have made their name in the history of world cinema. The FIPRESCI 90+ awards commemorating the 90th anniversary of the creation of this prestigious, the most important international organisation associating film critics will be awarded every year until the hundredth birthday of FIPRESCI.
The FIPRESCI Platinum Award 94 will be given on 12 July during the Opening Gala of the Festival. On the 14 July, participants of the Festival will have the opportunity to take part in an open, free-of-charge masterclass with Arturo Ripstein, held by Klaus Eder, film critic, FIPRESCI general secretary since 1987, author of books about Andrzej Wajda, Luis Buñuel, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovsky, Arturo Ripstein, Im Kwon-taek and Nagisa Oshima.
In previous years, Lucrecia Martel and Sally Potter were honoured with the FIPRESCI 90+ awards during the Transatlantyk International Film Festival.
The Creator and Director of the Festival is the composer, Oscar® winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and the Programme Director, Joanna Lapinska.

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