SEOUL, South Korea — The Busan International Film Festival has announced a special program featuring famed Mexican director Arturo Ripstein, who also heads this years Flash Forward section. Among many masterworks, BIFF specially selected his films about obsessive love.
Ripstein started his career as the assistant director of El Ángel exterminador/The Exterminating Angel (1962) directed by Luis Bunuel, whom Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese worshiped. Arturo Ripstein is currently regarded as the most successful Mexican filmmaker and the only director considered worthy of treading in the footsteps of Luis Bunuel. In every Ripstein film, his examining take on characters’ psychology shines. Each character is obsessed by something or someone: success, sexual urge, dark past, gambling. Trapped in their physical or psychological pain and struggles, characters let the audience feel the unkind emotion.
The Special Program on Arturo Ripstein is the first special program on Central American Cinema at Busan International Film Festival. All the films in the program won Ariel Awards, the most prestigious film award in Mexico. In addition of being the jury head of Flash Forward, he also will be lecturing at BIFF master class and performing the hand-printing event.
Arturo Ripstein began his professional career at age 19 as the assistant director to Luis Bunuel on El Ángel exterminador/The Exterminating Angel (1962). From his directorial debut Tiempo de morir /Time to Die, he worked with award winning writers such as Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Later, he formed the Mexican Independent Film Group with Felipe Casal and Raphael Castaneto. He has directed about 30 films including his latest work Las Razones del corazón /The Reasons of the Heart (2011). In 1997, Ripstein was awarded the National Prize for the Arts in Mexico and became the only filmmaker aside from Buñuel to have received the honor. His ability to exceed taboos, realize surrealistic moods, and express extraordinary melodrama has made him an eminent filmmaker well known to European audiences.