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Mexico, 2010 (MIFF 2010, First Encounters)

Director: Michael Rowe

Winner of the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival.

Holed up in her rundown Mexican apartment, freelance journalist Laura Lopez lives a life of quiet desperation. In between watching TV and eating her meals from cans, she passes the time masturbating while spying on the neighbours, and entertaining a string of strangers in her bed. Her empty days and carnal nights seem destined to repeat themselves indefinitely, but things change when she finds a man willing to take their love-making to a shocking new extreme.

Melbourne-born filmmaker Michael Rowe makes a startling debut with Leap Year, twenty-nine days in the life of a lonely, damaged young woman. Driven to increasingly confronting sexual encounters, Laura inches ever closer to an unknown goal which lies circled on her calendar.

Director Michael Rowe is a guest of the Festival.

Contains scenes which may disturb some viewers

D Michael Rowe P Edher Campo, Luis Salinas S Michael Rowe, Lucía Carrera WS Pyramide International L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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