Leones is the feature-film debut of Jazmín López, whose second feature Si yo fuera el invierno mismo screened recently in IFFR 2020’s Tiger Competition. Like her second film, Leones draws our attention to the language of cinema. It unfolds beautifully and mysteriously, like a puzzle.

In the film, five young people wander through a forest, as if they’ve entered a board game whose rules have yet to be revealed. Glimpses of sound and objects slowly bring to the surface what they’re looking for, and where they’ve ended up. 

IFFR programmer Bianca Taal describes the film as follows.
“The camera dances around the group and scans their surroundings. Sounds from the forest and from the sound recorder someone carries along form a key element of the film. Each camera movement and each snapping branch has its own place in this composition – and all of it has been carefully scripted. The essence of Leones lies not in its plot, but in its mise-en-scène, images, sounds and rhythm delineating the strange new world in which these young people find themselves. It is an existential film about youth, about being stuck, about beauty, life and death.”

Leones was made with support from IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.

  
Filmmaker
Jazmín López
Country
Argentina, France, Netherlands
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
80’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli
Production Company
Rei Cine SRL
Sales
MPM Premium
Writer
Jazmín López
Cinematography
Matías Mesa
Editor
Benjamín Domenech, Jazmín López
Production Design
Barbi Arcuschin
Sound Design
Julia Huberman
Cast
Julia Volpato, Pablo Sigal