HONORARY GOLDEN SPIKES 2017 - Arturo Ripstein
Arturo Ripstein (Mexico, 1943), who will return to the Festival after serving on the International Jury in 2009, will receive the Golden Spike of Honor in recognition of his comprehensive career. Ripstein has been known throughout his career for creating some of the most noteworthy films of Mexican cinema. His works El castillo de la pureza [The Castle of Purity], El lugar sin límites [Hell Without Limits], Profundo carmesí [Deep Crimson], El evangelio de las maravillas [Divine], and La perdición de los hombre [The Ruination of Men], to name a few, make up one of the most respected filmographies of all Latin American cinema.
Being the son of producer Alfredo Ripstein, cinema was always part of Ripstein’s life. He fondly remembers the magical showings that he attended at least once a week with this parents while growing up. He made his debut as director in 1965 with Tiempo de morir [Time to Die], based on a screenplay by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes. This was followed by titles such as Los recuerdos del porvenir [Memories of the Future] (1968), La hora de los niños [The Children’s Hour] (1969), y El náufrago de la calle Providencia [The Castaway on Providence Street] (1971).
Ripstein is the director behind films such as El santo oficio [The Holy Inquisition] (1973), El imperio de la fortuna [The Realm of Fortune] (1985), La reina de la noche [The Queen of the Night] (1994), Profundo carmesí [Deep Crimson] (1996), El coronel no tiene quien le escriba [No One Writes to the Colonel] (1999), La virgen de la lujuria [The Virgin of Lust] (2002), and La calle de la amargura [Bleak Street] (2015). He has received countless awards, such as the Mexican National Prize of Sciences and Arts in the area of Fine Arts, or the French government’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. In addition, he and his work have been honored with retrospectives and tributes at some of the most important international film festivals.