Año bisiesto

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Año Bisiesto (Leap Year)
Año bisiesto (Leap Year) Mexican Film promotional picture.jpg
Promotional picture
Directed byMichael Rowe
Produced byMachete Producciones,
Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE)
Written byLucía Carreras
Michael Rowe
StarringMonica del Carmen
Gustavo Sánchez Parra
Marco Zapata
Armando Hernández
Music bySong "Flores para ti" from Afrodita
CinematographyJuan Manuel Sepulveda
Release date
  • May 17, 2010 (2010-05-17) (Cannes)
Running time
92 min.

Año Bisiesto (Leap Year) is a 2010 Mexican film from the Australian-Mexican screenwriter and film director Michael Rowe.


Shot almost entirely in a seedy one-room apartment, this psychodrama details the grinding routine of Laura (Mónica del Carmen), a 25-year-old freelance journalist, who lives a very isolated life in her small apartment rarely venturing out besides getting men home from nightclubs and never going beyond one night in bed. Until she meets the quiet, inscrutable Arturo (Gustavo Sánchez Parra) and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. The story focuses on the fascinating evolution of their relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. It takes place in February on a leap year.[1][2][3]

Main releases[edit]

The film premiered in France, at the Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight the 17th of May, 2010, and a month later on a public release. Next place to see the film was Rowe's home country, Australia, at the Melbourne International Film Festival and many other Film Festivals followed (Toronto, Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Mar del Plata in Argentine, Hong Kong and the Latin Beat Film Festival in Japan, among others).

According to the producers, the film was sold in over 30 countries and in Mexico it played in commercial theaters with only 12 copies and was seen by close to 50,000 spectators –unlike large productions that screen up to 200 copies.[4]

Film festivals and awards[edit]

Year Edition Festival / Institution Section Award To Result
2010 63rd Festival de Cannes (France)[5] Competition Camera d'Or (first-time director) Michael Rowe Won
2010 59th Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)
2010 59th Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) Contemporary World Nominated
2010 8th Morelia International Film Festival (Mexico)
2010 25th Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina)
2010 48th Gijón International Film Festival (Spain) Official Best Film Nominated
2010 54th London Film Festival (UK) World Cinema
2011 53rd Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas (AMACC) Ariel Awards[6] Best Actress Mónica del Carmen Won
Best Original Script Lucía Carreras
Michael Rowe
Best First Feature Michael Rowe Won


  1. ^ Tobias, Scott (Jun 23, 2011). "Leap Year (2011) (review)". AV Club. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  2. ^ Mason, Eoin (Sep 29, 2010). "Road to the London Film Festival". MultiMediaMouth. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  3. ^ IMDb entry
  4. ^ "The Challenge of Telling a Good Story". Negocios. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2010: list of winners". The Telegraph. May 23, 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Ganadores y nominados 2011". AMACC (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.

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