La León

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La León
La León FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Santiago Otheguy
Produced by Catherine Bara
Pierre Rambaldi
Juan Solanas
Gonzalo Rodríguez Rubis
Pablo Salomon
Aton Soumache
Alexis Vonarb
Written by Santiago Otheguy
Starring Jorge Román
Daniel Valenzuela
Music by Vincent Artaud
Cinematography Paula Grandio
Edited by Valeria Otheguy
Sebastián Sepúlveda
Distributed by MK2 Diffusion
Release date
  • February 11, 2007 (2007-02-11) (Berlin International Film Festival)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

La León is a 2007 Argentine drama written and directed by Santiago Otheguy. Set in Northern Argentina, the film tells the story of a homosexual fieldworker, Álvaro (Jorge Román), and his relationship with a local bully, El Turu (Daniel Valenzuela). On its release the film received average reviews and won a Teddy Award.


On an island in the Paraná Delta of Argentina, Álvaro (Román) works as a fisherman and a reed cutter. His homosexuality and love of books make him an outsider in the small village. The brutish El Turu (Valenzuela) captains La León, the town ferry. He views Álvaro as a threat, bullying him almost constantly. However, as the film progresses, El Turu's hidden attraction to Álvaro becomes obvious.[1][2][3]




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