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NNarrative Feature Competition

The Reasons of the Heart

The Reasons of the Heart

Original Title: Las razones del corazón
Director: Arturo Ripstein
Mexico, Spain | Spanish
2011 | 119min. | Black & White
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: 35mm
18+
One of Mexico’s most famous film directors, Arturo Ripstein (Queen of the Night; The Beginning and the End – showing in this year’s Festival as part of our celebration of the work of Naguib Mahfouz) always constructs his unique films around melodrama, embracing the form with love and passion. With The Reasons of the Heart, he takes new risks and directs a film with a ’50s facade and a witty ensemble cast, without apologies or regrets.

Emilia is a tormented, volatile housewife trapped in a middle-class life without a purpose. Her only respites are brief love affairs where she gives away her heart and impounds her soul. Emilia’s life, which she always lives indoors, is like a tornado forming inside a building. Every character has a story to tell – and they all add power to the twister. Life inside this building, with Emilia at its center, seems disjointed from the problems facing Latin Americans outside.

The film takes on a clearly Flaubertian tone, with crisp black-and-white cinematography by Alejandro Cantú and film-noir aesthetics. In his 13th collaboration with his talented screenwriter and wife, Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Ripstein assembles a group of strong actors, headed by Arcelia Ramírez. She wonderfully embodies a suffering heroine who fears neither tragedy, nor love, nor – appropriately enough – melodrama.

–Lucy Virgen

Contains: Adult themes

Director,  Arturo Ripstein

Director,  Arturo Ripstein

Arturo Ripstein began his film career as an assistant director to Luis Buñuel and directed his first film, Time to Die, a western written by Gabriel García Marquez, in 1965. During the ’70s he directed three of the most significant films in contemporary Mexican cinema: Cadena perpetua (1979), A Place Without Limits (1978) and Castle of Purity (1973). He began his collaboration with screenwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego, later his wife, on The Realm of Fortune in 1985. Their subsequent films include Deep Crimson (1986), Woman of the Port (1991), No One Writes to the Colonel (1999), The Ruination of Men (2000) and The Carnival of Sodom (2006).

Cast and Crew

Director
Arturo Ripstein
Co-Production Company
Wanda Films, Fidecine
Cast
Arcelia Ramírez, Vladimir Cruz, Plutarco Haza, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Alejandro Suárez, Pilar Padilla, Paola Arroyo
Production Company
Mil Nubes - Cine
Music
David Mansfield
Producer
Roberto Fiesco, José María Morales
Foreign Right Sales
Wanda Films
Executive Producer
Hugo Espinosa
Screenwriter
Paz Alicia Garciadiego
Editor
Alejandro Ripstein
Cinematographer
Alejandro Cantú
Art Director
Sandra Cabriada
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