LeoneraMartina Gusman
Lion’s Den

Pablo Trapero
Argentina/South Korea/Brazil, Drama, 2008
113 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

After Julia is sent to jail for the murder of her lover, she gives birth to a son. Raising a child in prison is difficult, but the only thing that matters to Julia is this new being that accompanies her now. There is no life for her beyond that of her child. Her fellow inmate, Marta, becomes her ally; her mother Sofía, her opponent. While Marta attempts to teach her Martina Gusmanhow to be a mother to her child in the least appropriate place; Sofía wishes to take over rearing the child, so that he can grow up free, outside the prison. The duel between mother and daughter reveals the dilemma facing Julia: is it better for her child to grow up next to his mother in prison, or without her, but in freedom.



Mature audiences

Regal Metropolitan, Friday April 24, 4 PM

Regal Metropolitan, Sunday April 26, 12 Noon


Born in Buenos Aires in 1971, Pablo Trapero began his international career in 1999 when he released his first feature Mundo grúa. The black and white, 16 mm film was released internationally at Venice, garnering awards and critical acclaim around the globe. In 2002, his second feature, El Bonaerense premiered at Uncertain Regard in Cannes, again with critical and audience acclaim. That same year he opened his own production company in Buenos Aires, Matanza Cine, from which he has produced not only his own feature films, but also those of other Argentinean and Latin American filmmakers. Leonera is his fifth feature and was an official selection at Cannes 2009.

leonera_pProducer: Youngjoo Suh, Pablo Trapero
Screenwriter: Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero
Cinematographer: Guillermo Nieto
Editor: Ezequiel Borovinsky, Pablo Trapero
Music: Intoxicados
Cast: Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro, Laura García, Tomás Plotinsky, Leonardo Suma