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LEO'S ROOM (El Cuarto De Leo)

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LEO'S ROOM (El Cuarto De Leo)

Director: Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay   |   2009   |   92 minues
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In the heart of Montevideo, the affable but secretly troubled Leo wraps himself in the comfort of his small rented room, unmotivated to finish his college thesis or find a job, and content with infrequent visits from his girlfriend. After their six-month relationship ends, Leo begins to break out of his shell by cruising the Internet for a new companion, enlisting the aid of a sympathetic therapist along the way. However, it isn’t until he has a chance reunion with a classmate that he is forced to consider the true meaning of his reclusive lifestyle, and a future outside the metaphoric safety of his room. Featuring an affecting soundtrack and an equally endearing cast of characters, director Enrique Buchichio’s affirming drama is a unique vision of isolation and coming-of-age set against a modern tale of romance and friendship.

About the Director Enrique Buchichio was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1973. In 2005, he was selected for the Talent Campus Buenos Aires competition, organized by the Universidad del Cine in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2007 he released the short Noche Fría. Leo’s Room is his first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta Available upon request

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Leo - Martín Rodríguez
Caro - Cecilia Cósero
Seba - Gerardo Begérez
Madre de Leo - Mirella Pascual
Juan - Arturo Goetz
Eduardo - César Troncoso

CREW

Director - Enrique Buchichio
Writer - Enrique Buchichio
Executive Producer - Natacha López, Jorge Rocca
Producer - Natacha López
Director of Photography - Pedro Luque
Editors - Guillermo Casanova, Julián Goyoaga
Sound - Fabian Oliver
Music - Sebastian Kramer
REVIEWS

“An impressive debut by Uruguayan writer-helmer Enrique Buchichio, Leo's Room drifts in a laid-back, almost dreamy way toward edgy subjects usually accompanied by hysterical angst...It's a delicately balanced mood piece that could segue from gay to arthouse venues.” - Variety

"The scenario may sound familiar, but there's a lot more to Leo's Room than just another angst-filled tale of a young gay man's process of self acceptance. In his filmmaking debut, Uruguayan writer-director Enrique Buchichio demonstrates a flair for crafting fully realized, memorable characters and complex emotional situations that operate on multiple levels. The characters in Leo's Room often surprise you, the way real people do." - Miami Herald

"Centering around a sexually confused young man named Leo the film is a sensitive exploration of coming to terms with your sexuality and understanding who you really are." - Entertainment Focus

“A remarkably gentle and astute story of a young man who slowly, gradually comes to accept who he is. It's beautifully understated and introspective, and deeply affecting….Beautifully shot and infused with a realistic atmosphere and natural performances, the film sharply portrays Leo's confusion…. And in the end, the film almost feels like therapy for anyone who might be stuck in a rut.” - Shadows on the Wall

“Touching, funny and sexy”- QFest

“In Leo’s Room, we are shown something that many of us are already aware of: We are not alone.” - We Are Movie Geeks

“Contemplative and compelling” - New York Cool

“An impressive debut for director Enrique Buchichio . . . The young cast is excellent and handles the complex subject of sexuality with sensitivity and understanding. . . It’s a wonderfully acted and engaging film with believable characters dealing with issues stemming from sexual identity such as friendship, family and relationships.” - Celluloid Fun

“A pleasant surprise. . . Its almost languid approach to its subject matter and insistence in breaking away from navel-gazing to the grounding of its story in themes of self-discovery, is moving and memorable.” - Eye for Film

“Told with refreshing sincerity, this, the debut feature from Uruguayan writer and director Enrique Buchichio charms with a remarkably honest take on the universal theme of self-acceptance. Contemplative in style, but assured in delivery, here Buchichio has crafted a work that in its own unhurried way deals with a plethora of emotions, including the poignant feelings of grief and pain, let alone the perennial themes of coming out / coming-of-age.” - Gay Celluloid

“Leo’s Room is a simple story well told. It’s wonderful to spend some time in Montevideo with such a personal yet universal story of love and acceptance.” - Spanish Film Festival

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

New Directors Selection, SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Award, TORINO GLBT FILM FESTIVAL
MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ST. LOUIS QFEST
CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INSIDE OUT FILM FESTIVAL
FESTIVALISSIMO
NEWFEST LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
PHILADELPHIA QFEST
HBO’S NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL
PORTLAND LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
IMAGE+NATION MONTREAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
BIARRITZ LATIN FILM FESTIVAL
PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OURENSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (CANADIAN FILM INSTITUTE)
SAN FRANCISCO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

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