Director Arturo Ripstein To Receive Retrospective At Karlovy Vary

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One of the world oldest film festivals, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival , will honor Mexican director Arturo Ripstein with a retrospective of his works when the annual festival begins its 43rd program in July. The festival will take place in the Czech Republic town of Karlovy Vary from July 4th to July 12th.

A writer and director for over forty years, Ripstein began his work in the early 1960’s as an assistant to Luis Buñuel on the film “El angel exterminador”. Since then he has made over fifty films and has been renown in international film circles. His films have been well received on the festival circuit, gaining him awards and nominations at Cannes, Venice, and others.

Today the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival also announced another piece of their 2008 program, a review of American cinema from 1968 to 1980. Spring boarding from last years screening of eight American films that displayed characteristics of a “new Hollywood”, this years section, entitled “New Hollywood 2”, will focus on how American directors portrayed classic Hollywood genres from the late sixties to 1980.

Films in this section will include Robert Altman’s “McCabe & Mrs. Miller”, De Palma’s “Sisters”, and Friedkin’s “The French Connection”.

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