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Every last Thursday of the month, CINECLUB MEXICO screens a contemporary quality film and/or short film with Free Entrance and Free Popcorn. Who should attend? Lovers of quality contemporary films. Lovers of foreign films. Lovers of Spanish speaking films. Lovers of Latin American culture. Lovers of Mexico. Popcorn eaters. Thursday night movie fans. Lovers of Independent films and art cinema.

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Cineclub Mexico Online presents: Leona (2018). January 27, 18:30 hrs

CINECLUB MEXICO ONLINE presents “Leona” (2018) by director Isaac Cherem. "Leona" is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful.

A clear-eyed depiction of love, both romantic and familial, “Leona” elucidates the difficulty of reconciling contemporary life with long-held traditions. Naian Gonzàlez Norvind, winner of the award for Best Actress the Morelia International Film Festival, is the core of the film. Norvind gives a subtle, textured performance, highlighting the painter's soulful vulnerability coupled with her conflicting desire to please her family and pursue her own individuality.

Told with a deft hand and illuminated by dappled sunlight, Isaac Cherem's debut feature film touches on a wide range of timely and universal themes, from intersectional feminism to the perennial cross-generational rift between religious and cultural values. More than simply a romantic drama about the mismatch of an interfaith couple, Leona offers a unique window into the realities of self-discovery and the growing pains of adulthood.

WHEN: Thursday, January 27
TIME: 6:30 pm (online screening)

WHERE: Cultural Diplomacy website: https://diplomaciacultural.mx/canal/hong-kong/cineclub-mexico-online-presents-leona-2018/

HOW: To access the film visit the following link: https://vimeo.com/569063279
The password will be provided to registered guests.
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LANGUAGE: Spanish
SUBTITLES: Yes, English
LENGTH: 94 minutes
GENRE: Drama
Rating: 15+

SYNOPSIS:

In the close-knit Jewish community of Mexico City, Ariela, a free-spirited painter, faces pressure to find a suitable husband as all her friends begin settling down and forming families of their own. Although she is content with her work and her independence, Ariela's life takes a turn when she falls for a man outside her faith. As their relationship blossoms, she struggles to navigate the tumultuous clash between her family's expectations and her own feelings.

TRAILER:
https://youtu.be/THbUSJDq2NA

Director’s Note: “I think a lot of people from the Syrian-Jewish community had seen the film, and the reaction is exactly what I wanted, which is a lot of people cursing at me – especially older men – the ones who benefit most from the status quo, the patriarchy we live in, the profound chauvinism. But then the women and young people were like “Hold on, I want to talk about this. Let’s open up the debate. I don’t agree that this is bad for the community.””

Film review: https://remezcla.com/features/film/movie-review-leona-isaac-cherem/

FESTIVALS, AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

Official Selection – Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019
Official Selection – Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Philippines, 2021
Official Selection – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019
Official Selection –Jewish Motifs International Film Festival, Poland, 2019
Official Selection – New York Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020
Winner – Best Debut Feature, UK Jewish Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2019
Winner – Best Movie, Gaudí Awards, Catalan Film Academy, Spain, 2019
Winner - Best Actress, Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Mexico, 2018
Winner – Audience Award, Festival de Luchon, France, 2019
Nominee – Silver Ariel for Best Actress, Ariel Awards, Mexico, 2018
Nominee – Best Screenplay, Ariel Awards, Mexico, 2018

To access the film visit the following link: https://vimeo.com/569063279

The password will be provided to registered guests.

To register please send us a message. You can also send us an email to: [masked]

*** THE FILM WILL ONLY BE SCREENED ONLINE ***

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