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World Cinema

Bleak Street

(La Calle De La Amargura)

Year 2015
Runtime 99 mins
Language Spanish
Subtitles English

Twin mini-luchadores Little Death (Juan Francisco Longoria) and Little AK (Guillermo López) are sidekicks to their regular lucha wrestler counterparts, Death and AK. Society has not been kind to the twins, but their wrestling identity has given them a sense of belief; because of this, they never remove their wrestling masks, not even for their families or when making love. The brothers' wrestling fame allows them to earn money, which they spend liberally on drinking and prostitutes. Their lives take an unexpected turn when they encounter Adela and Dora, two prostitutes who have family problems of their own and are struggling to make ends meet.

Shot in stunning black and white, BLEAK STREET takes the viewer on a wild ride through an unforgiving world. Famed Mexican director Arturo Ripstein demonstrates his 50-year filmmaking craft in all its glory, evoking Luis Buñuel’s Mexican cinema as he peppers the film with plenty of dark humour and emotions.

Countries

Mexico Spain
Awards
Gijón International Film Festival, Best Director and Best Production Design
Festivals
Official Selection: Venice, TIFF; Göteborg International Film Festival; Munich International Film Festival; Melbourne International Film Festival; New Zealand International Film Festival
Director
Arturo Ripstein
Executive Producer
Xanat Briceño, Luis Alberto Estrada
Producer
Walter Navas, Arturo Ripstein
Screenwriter
Paz Alicia Garcíadiego
Cinematographer
Alejandro Cantú
Editor
Arturo Ripstein, Carlos Puente
Production Design
Marisa Pecanins
Cast
Guillermo López, Juan Francisco Longoria, Sylvia Pasquel, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Nora Velázquez, Arcelia Ramírez, Erando González, Paola Arroyo, Alejandro Suárez, Alberto Estrella, Emoé De La Parra, Greta Cervantes, Eligio Meléndez, Lety Góme
Sound
Antonio Diego