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Leap Year

Director: Michael Rowe

Country:  Mexico

Year of Production:  2010

Cannes Award London Award

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Synopsis

Winner of the prestigious Camera D’Or prize for Best First Feature at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and one of the most controversial films of the year, LEAP YEAR ('Año Bisiesto'), from Mexico, is the outstanding debut feature film of Australian director Michael Rowe, a character study on loneliness, featuring an extraordinary leading performance by Mónica Del Carmen ('Babel'), supported by Gustavo Sánchez Parra ('Amores Perros', 'Man on Fire').

This highly charged sexual thriller, set within the small confines of a Mexican apartment, follows 29 days in the dispirited life of freelance journalist Laura Lopez, as she moves from one anonymous sexual encounter to another.

Soon, Laura meets a man by the name of Arturo, and it is not long before she is submitting to demeaning sexual acts as part of their relationship, a tragic psychological reaction to a secret trauma from her past, which occurred on the previous leap year. When Laura marks a red square around an upcoming date on her calendar wall, the wheels are set in motion for what will turn out to be a startling conclusion.

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Cast

Starring:  Monica Del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Marco Zapata

Credits

Director: Michael Rowe

Writer(s):  Michael Rowe, Lucia Carreras

Producers:  Edher Campos, Luis Salinas

Editor:  Oscar Figueroa Jara

Cinematographer:  Juan Manuel Sepulveda

Production Details

Country:  Mexico

Year of Production:  2010

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  92 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  2.35:1

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  26th November 2010

DVD Release Date:  28th February 2011

Reviews

Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT

"affecting, effective and stands comparison with Bertolucci’s ‘Last Tango in Paris'"

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Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT

Philip French, THE OBSERVER

"intense, powerful...Monica Del Carmen...gives an outstanding, brave performance."

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Philip French, THE OBSERVER

TOTAL FILM

"tense and explicit... an intensely brave and believable performance from newcomer del Carmen."

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TOTAL FILM

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

"director Michael Rowe...succeeds beautifully...he layers his film with subtle mysteries, authentic dialogue and tiny, humorous details..."

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

"proves, if you were beginning to doubt, that people still make good grown-up films...an aromatic tale of love..."

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Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

THE IRISH TIMES

"an adult movie in every sense."

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THE IRISH TIMES

Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"...extreme and explicit...an outstanding performance by Monica del Carmen."

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Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

LITTLE WHITE LIES

"hypnotic"

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LITTLE WHITE LIES

EMPIRE

"thrilling"

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EMPIRE

VIEW LONDON

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally powerful drama with a stunning central performance from Monica del Carmen."

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VIEW LONDON

SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

"...made with compassion and impressive control."

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SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"A fearless and haunting performance from relative newcomer Monica Del Carmen distinguishes Leap Year"

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Michael Hayden, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

"A bold, minimalist study of urban alienation...outstanding debut from Michael Rowe... performances of the two leads are strikingly committed"

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Michael Hayden, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

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