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Lion's Den

Director: Pablo Trapero

Writers: Alejandro Fadel,

Martin Mauregui, Santiago Mitre,

Pablo Trapero

CastMartina Gusman,

Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro

Duration: 1h 53min

Language: Spanish

Country: Argentina, Brazil,

South Korea, Spain

Cert: 15

Year: 2008

Acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, LION'S DEN is the fifth feature by filmmaker Pablo Trapero (Born & BredCarancho, White Elephant).


Julia (the stunning Martina Gusman) wakes up one morning to find herself covered in blood and surrounded by the bodies of two men, one of whom is dead. Charged with murder and pregnant with one of the men's child, she is sent to the maternal wing of a tough prison. With her boyfriend claiming his innocence and her absent mother suddenly reappearing in her life, Julia soon realises that there are greater dangers for her outside the prison's walls.


LION'S DEN is a remarkable study of motherhood in the most extreme circumstances and once again confirms Pablo Trapero's position as one of world cinema's finest filmmakers.

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In Competition
Cannes Film Festival 2008
In Competition
Toronto International Film Festival 2008
BFI London Film Festival 2008

“powerful... gritty... Martina Gusman is just brilliant”
The Times
Time Out

“exceptional... riveting... an unqualified success”
Little White Lies
Daily Telegraph
“This is social realism at its best... Gusman is terrific throughout” ★★★★ The Evening Standard
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