Leona

Director: Isaac Cherem Run Time: 94 min. Rating: Not Rated Language: Spanish

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 – there are no easy choices to be made and the viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles with her heart to take the best path.

Leona cuenta la historia de una joven judía y artista talentosa, Ariela, quien es presionada por su familia para encontrar un hombre adecuado de la misma fe. En cambio, ella desarrolla sentimientos por un hombre no judío y surge un conflicto con su familia y su comunidad cercana. Ariela debe decidir seguir su corazón o los deseos de su familia. Es en gran medida una historia de Jane Austen moderna ambientada en la Ciudad de México.

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“MARVELOUS! A gripping journey into Mexico’s insular Syrian Jewish community… and a remarkable first effort from a team with enormous talent.” ~ Jordan Hoffman, The Times of Israel

“An absorbing drama about a young woman torn between her family and community on one side and her forbidden relationship, independence, and personal expression on the other.” ~ Gerri Miller, Jewish Journal

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