Ripstein's 1965 Directorial Debut TIME TO DIE Gets U.S. Release


New York City's Film Forum will host this September the U.S. release of Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein's 1965 directorial feature Time to Die / Tiempo de morir from an original story by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), co-written with novelist Carlos Fuentes, and distributed by Film Movement. 

The classic Mexican neo-western centers on Juan Sáyago, who returns to his hometown after serving 18 years in prison for the murder of Raúl Trueba. Although he killed in self-defense, rumors in town circulated during his absence speculating that the victim was killed in cold blood. Sáyago wants to rebuild the life he was denied with his old lover, Mariana Sampedro, but Trueba’s sons have sworn to avenge the murder of their father.

Starring Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Marga López, Enrique Rocha, Alfredo Leal, and Blanca Sánchez, Time to Die marked the directorial debut of the then 21-year-old Arturo Ripstein, who became one of Mexico's most prolific and distinctive filmmakers.

The DCP restoration of Time to Die will play September 15-21 in New York City.