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