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New Release: Leap Year DVD

6 September 2011 12:56 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011

Price: DVD $24.99

Studio: Strand Releasing

Monica del Carmen and Gustavo Sanchez Parra take it to the next level in Leap Year.

The acclaimed 2010 erotic drama movie Leap Year from Mexico will heat up up any already steamy summer.

The film follows Laura (Monica del Carmen), a young journalist living an isolated life in a cramped Mexico City flat. Laura’s not lucky in love. The banality of her daily life stands in stark contrast to her nightly pursuit of sex and love, which result in a series of short-lived affairs.

One night, she meets brooding, would-be actor Arturo (Gustavo Sanchez Parra), and their sizzling chemistry ignites feelings in Laura that leave her deeply troubled. It doesn’t take too long for the pair to embark on an increasingly dangerous sadomasochistic relationship in which pleasure, pain and love merge. Uh-oh…

Directed and co-written by Michael Rowe, Leap Year »

- Laurence

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This Week In Trailers: Thunder Soul, One Hundred Mornings, The Scenesters, The Bloodfest Club, Subjectvive Expressions, Año bisiesto (Leap Year)

13 May 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? One Hundred Mornings Trailer You'll have to excuse the tardiness of bringing this gem to light as those living on the Emerald Isle had this »

- Christopher Stipp

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Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) 2011: Nominations: El Infierno, Chicogrande, Abel

26 March 2011 4:57 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

El Infierno, Chicogrande, and the other nominations of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) have been announced. The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) are presented by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. “The Ariel is the Mexican Academy of Film Award. It has been awarded annually since 1947. The award recognizes excellence in motion picture making, such as acting, directing and screenwriting in Mexican cinema. It is considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican movie industry.” The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) “ceremony will take place on May 7 [, 2011] at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.” The full listing of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) nominations is below

Best Picture



El infierno (Hell)

Best Director

Felipe CazalsChicogrande

Luis EstradaEl infierno (Hell)

Diego LunaAbel

Best Actress

Karina GidiAbel

Mónica del Carmen, Año bisiesto (Leap Year)

Maricel ÁlvarezBiutiful

Úrsula Pruneda, Las »

- filmbook

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Strand Releasing 2011 Line Up

8 March 2011 10:02 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Hey there kids! Here is an updated list of releases for 2011 by Strand Releasing. Enjoy!

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Drama/Fantasy)

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century, Tropical Malady, Blissfully Yours).  Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form.  Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave . the birthplace of his first life.  In his signature cinematic style, the acclaimed Thai filmmaker delivers a strange and mystical world of visionary beauty.  Winner of the Palme d.Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Thailand.s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. »

- Melissa Howland

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DVD Releases: 'Leap Year'

28 February 2011 8:30 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

A depiction of intense loneliness and psycho-sexual torture - or experimentation - depending on which side of the fence you lay, Michael Rowe’s minimalist debut feature Leap Year (Año bisiesto, 2010) raises many a difficult question with regards to its seemingly complex gender politics.

It follows the life of Laura, played with vulnerable perfection by Monica Del Carmen, a lonely freelance journalist who lives alone in a small Mexican apartment. After a series of one night stands she meets and sleeps with Artur, played by Gustavo Sanchez Parra.

Their subsequent relationship grows increasingly violent, with Artur apparently forcing Laura into a chain of appalling, aggressive and demeaning sexual acts. Gradually, however, what initially appears to be a case of intense male dominance, it is Laura who then sets about forcing him into acting out even further acts of sexual violence, reaching a finale that I will not reveal for you here. »

- Daniel Green

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