Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)
Winner, Best Director, Fiction. Dir. Arturo Ripstein. Mexico/Spain, 2015, 99 mins. Digital projection. In Spanish with English subtitles. Based on a true—yet bizarre—crime story, the latest film by veteran auteur Arturo Ripstein is a black-and-white lusciously shot noir melodrama that tells the story of two prostitutes (Patricia Reyes Spíndola and Nora Velásquez) who mistakenly kill two twin mini-luchadores in downtown Mexico City in a robbery attempt to make ends meet. “Ripstein plunges into a Mexico City demimonde of crime, prostitution, and wrestling… (and) imbues his Buñuelian tableaux with both empathy and dark humor“ (Film Forum).