Berlinale

La León

Synopsis
The Paraná Delta. Surrounded by a labyrinth of waterways that meander through the lush wilderness, Alvaro lives a simple, lonely life harvesting reeds and going fishing. In this remote area of Argentina lost in time, Alvaro’s homosexuality and his love for books aggravates his isolation. The only link between this boundless territory and the city is the “El León” water-taxi. Its captain, El Turu, is a violent and intolerant man. He feels threatened by Alvaro’s difference and is set on harassing him. But El Turu’s scorn masks an inner turmoil…


World Premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2007, Panorama

Theatrical release in Germany
November 15, 2007

Key festivals and awards
Special Jury Mention, TEDDY 21 Queer Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2007
Sydney International Film Festival 2007
Paris Cinéma 2007
Silver Colón for Best Cinematography, Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2007
Best Feature Film, Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008

Argentina 2007
Director: Santiago Otheguy
Producers: Polar Films / Morocha Films (Argentina) Onyx Films / Big World (France)
German distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien
World sales: MK2 (France)

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in February 2007
Funding amount: 5,000 €