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Lion's Den

Director: Pablo Trapero

Country:  Argentina

Year of Production:  2008

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Synopsis

One of the most acclaimed films at the Cannes Film Festival, LION'S DEN is the fifth feature by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero (FAMILIA RODANTE, EL BONAERENSE).

Julia (the stunning Martina Gusman) wakes up one morning to find herself covered in blood and surrounded by the bodies of two men, one of whom is dead. Charged with murder and pregnant with one of the men's child, she is sent to the maternal wing of a tough prison. With her boyfriend claiming his innocence and her absent mother suddenly reappearing in her life, Julia soon realises that there are greater dangers for her outside the prison's walls.

LION'S DEN is a remarkable study of motherhood in the most extreme circumstances and once again confirms Pablo Trapero's position as one of world cinema's finest filmmakers.

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Cast

Starring: 

Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro

Credits

Director: Pablo Trapero

Writer(s): 

Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero

Producers: 

Pablo Trapero, Youngjoo Suh

Editor:  Ezequiel Brovinsky

Cinematographer:  Guillermo Nieto

Production Details

Country:  Argentina

Year of Production:  2008

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  113 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  26th March 2010

DVD Release Date:  24th May 2010

Reviews

TIME OUT

"Martina Gusman delivers a magnificently understated turn."

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WENDY IDE, THE TIMES

"savagely naturalistic and authentic. Gusman is a compelling screen presence."

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LITTLE WHITE LIES

"exceptional... riveting... an unqualified success."

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VIEW LONDON

"superbly directed, emotionally engaging... a powerhouse central performance from Martina Gusman... packs a powerful emotional punch. Highly recommended."

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DEREK MALCOLM, EVENING STANDARD

"This is social realism at its best... Gusman is terrific throughout."

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THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"Martina Gusman is brilliant..."

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