Directed by Gabriel Ripstein
Tim Roth stars in Mexico’s submission for the Academy Award directed by First-time filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein. A young gun trafficker Arnulfo Rubio (Kristyan Ferrer) smuggles weapons for a deadly Mexican cartel. ATF agent Hank Harris (Roth) attempts to apprehend him, but gets kidnapped by Rubio, instead. Rubio takes him to his bosses, but during the 600-miles-long drive, they slowly befriend one another. This human drama, based on a real case, is set against the backdrop of the ease at which guns can be purchased in the US… so easy in fact, that the Mexican cartels rely upon a steady stream of them coming across the border into Mexico. “ In the U.S. border states, Mexico is one of the biggest buyers of firearms. It’s illegal to sell guns in Mexico,” Ripstein says. 600 Miles is a thriller, a road movie and a relationship drama: a nail biter to the very last frame with superb performances. Nominated for 13 Ariel Awards, winner of two; Winner of Berlin Film Festival Panorama Best First Feature Award.
Gabriel Ripstein (born 1972) is a film producer, director, editor and screenwriter. A producer since 1999, Ripstein has been involved in nine feature films (including two directed by his father, Mexican film director Arturo Ripstein). Two of his productions competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival: No One Writes to the Colonel based on the novela by Gabriel García Márquez (see WCFF Gabo: Magic of Reality) starring Salma Hayek (see WCFF The Prophet) and Chronic. He hails from a legendary film family including his grandfather Alfredo Ripstein, his father Arturo and his mother Paz Alicia Garciadiego, screenwriter of El Colonel. 600 Miles is his directorial debut.
Hank Harris: Tim Roth
Arnulfo Rubio: Kristyan Ferrer
Producers: Michel Franco, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana
Screenplay: Gabriel Ripstein, Issa López
Editing: Santiago Pérez, Rocha León, Gabriel Ripstein