About The Film
Coming into her own, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in the delicate, melancholic romance LEONA.
Best Actress winner at the Morelia International Film Festival, Naian González Norvind gives an intimate, honest portrayal of Ariela, an independently-minded artist living with her family in a cloistered Jewish neighborhood. Pressured to find an appropriate suitor, serendipity leads to a passionate courtship with Ivan (Christian Vazquez), a non-Jewish writer who shows her a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life. As their feelings deepen, Ariela must weigh their unsanctioned relationship against rejection by her family and community, where religious values and traditions run deep.
Bridging the divide between generations and cultures, writer-director Isaac Cherem's directorial debut deftly blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determination.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT
presented by ACCESS
Woodruff Arts Center • Saturday, February 16
Party at 6:30 PM • Film at 8:00 PM
The screening on Saturday, February 16 at Woodruff Arts Center is presented by ACCESS Atlanta, American Jewish Committee's young leadership division, and is reserved for festivalgoers 40 years old and under. The program will include a pre-film party with a cash bar.