In Theaters 09.15.2017 or Watch at Home 11.14.2017

Time to Die

Directed by Arturo Ripstein
Film Movement Classics
89 Minutes
Drama, Western, Classics, Latin American
Not Rated

Fresh from serving eighteen years in jail for shooting a man in self-defense, Juan Sayago (Jorge Martinez de Hoyos, The Magnificent Seven) comes back to his hometown to start life anew and reunite with old flame Mariana (Marga Lopez, Bunuel's Nazarin). But the two sons of the man he killed, consumed by an overwhelming thirst for revenge, have been anxiously awaiting his return. From an original story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), and featuring dialogue by Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes (The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo), this stunning directorial debut by a then-21-year-old Arturo Ripstein provides insight into the genius who would go on to create Deep Crimson and Hell Without Limits.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Arturo Ripstein
  • Starring: Marga Lopez
  • Starring: Jorge Martínez de Hoyos
  • Starring: Enrique Rocha
  • Starring: Alfredo Leal

Where to Watch




  • "An austere western that kicks up a slowly blinding storm of dust, regret and vengeance.... [Time to Die] turned Mexican westerns on their head."
    Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
  • "A swift slow burn of a film.... Ripstein's debut is pared down, whetted to a cutting sharpness...a clear-eyed great."
    Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
  • "A gem of a vintage Mexican Western that feels its moral quandaries deeply.... Beautifully restored."
    John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection
Cannes Classics
Cannes Film Festival
Best Picture
Mexican Cinema Journalists