Film Forum has announced the U.S. theatrical premiere of Arturo Ripstein’s Bleak Street / La calle de la amagura, beginning Wednesday, January 20, 2016, for a two-week engagement.
The veteran auteur and master of the Mexican bizarre plunges the audience into a Mexico City demimonde of crime, prostitution, and luchador wrestling. The film’s luscious black-and-white cinematography recounts a true crime story of twin mini-luchadores (who never remove their masks), the mother who adores them, and two prostitutes whose best days are long behind them. Ripstein imbues his Bunuelian tableaux with both empathy and dark humor.
Best known in the U.S. for Deep Crimson / Profundo carmesí (1997), Ripstein has been making movies for over fifty years. His work has been a key influence on the generation of Mexican filmmakers currently dominating both the independent and blockbuster film landscape.
Ripstein was the recipient of a special award honoring his distinguished career at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, where Bleak Street also had its world premiere.
Bleak Street, distributed in the U.S. by Leisure Time Features, is also confirmed to play at the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles, the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco, and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley, opening March 11, 2016.