Time to Die
Fresh from serving eighteen years in jail for shooting a man in self-defense, Juan Sayago (Jorge Martinez de Hoyos, The Magnificent Seven) comes back to his hometown to start life anew and reunite with old flame Mariana (Marga Lopez, Bunuel’s Nazarin). But the two sons of the man he killed, consumed by an overwhelming thirst for revenge, have been anxiously awaiting his return. From an original story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), and featuring dialogue by Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes (The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo), this stunning directorial debut by a then-21-year-old Arturo Ripstein provides insight into the genius who would go on to create Deep Crimson and Hell Without Limits.
“An austere western that kicks up a slowly blinding storm of dust, regret and vengeance…. [Time to Die] turned Mexican westerns on their head.” Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
“A swift slow burn of a film…. Ripstein’s debut is pared down, whetted to a cutting sharpness…a clear-eyed great.” Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
“A gem of a vintage Mexican Western that feels its moral quandaries deeply…. Beautifully restored.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“What beautiful stroke of fortune handed first-time director Arturo Ripstein a script written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes? And how was it that he not only didn’t fail it, but quite confidently made a masterpiece? I tip my hat to all involved.” Karl Kipling, MUBI
- 9/19 | 7:00PM