Lion’s Den

Friday, July 3 - Thursday, July 16, 2009


After a violent murder, a pregnant young woman (Martina Gusman, director Pablo Trapero’s real-life wife) is sent to a prison for mothers with small children. She gives birth to a son and finds herself unexpectedly embracing motherhood. But surrounded by fierce, tough women raising children behind bars, she struggles to decide what her son needs more—his mother or his freedom. Shooting inside maximum-security prisons with a cast that included actual inmates and guards, Trapero, a leading light of Argentina’s acclaimed new wave, intimately captures an unseen world.

“Marvelously shot and acted, constantly surprising… a terrifically engaging story about a woman who is damaged, angry, beautiful and indomitable.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

  • Country Argentina
  • Language Spanish
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2009
  • Running Time 113 minutes
  • Distributor Strand Releasing
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  • Director Pablo Trapero