Archive of films León and Olvido / León y Olvido

2004, 112 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2004

Twenty-year-old León, afflicted with Down’s syndrome, refuses to live in an institution after his mother dies, insisting that his sister Olvido take care of him. 


León is a 20-year-old with Down’s Syndrome. After his mother dies Olvido, his slightly older sister, places him in an institution. And then in another. During the two years since mom’s death León has been rejected from four facilities due to his refusal to adapt. Olvido wants León to reconcile himself to living in an institution and thereby enable her to lead an independent life. León, who has been attached to his sister since childhood, doggedly insists that they share poverty under one roof. When she realizes that all her attempts to be rid of her disabled brother have failed, Olvido insists that León be self-sufficient in at least the most basic daily situations. She refuses to pick him up from school and assigns him chores to do around the house. To Olvido the burden of caring for León seems all the more like martyrdom when it begins encroaching upon her less-than-satisfactory relationship with Iván. Lacking work and emotional fulfilment, the young woman’s desperation mounts, as does the tension thereby created between the siblings...

About the director

Xavier Sanchéz Bermúdez (b. 1951, Orense, Spain) has worked for the press, radio and television. He shot his first short film, The Anarchist’s Daughter (La hija del anarquista) in 1980. In 2000 he published a book on Luis Buňuel entitled Buňuel: Mirror and Dream (Buňuel: espejo y sueňo). In the same year he shot Peregrinos, included in the Canal Plus project Seis miradas de Santiago. He also co-wrote two features directed by Manane Rodríguez, Retrato de mujer con hombre al fondo and Los pasos perdidos. Filmography as director: Black Light (Luz negra, 1992), Nena (1997), León and Olvido (León y Olvido, 2004).


El Paso Producciones Cinematograficas
Fuente del Saz 5, 28016, Madrid
Tel: +34 91 458 1122
Fax: +34 91 458 1122
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Xavier Bermúdez
Screenplay: Xavier Sanchéz Bermúdez
Dir. of Photography: Alfonso Sanz Alduán
Music: Coché Villanueva
Editor: Javier Alberto Correa Harley
Producer: Óscar del Caz, Beatriz Navarrete, Xavier Sanchéz Bermúdez
Production: El Paso Producciones Cinematograficas, koprodukce
Cast: Marta Larralde, Guillem Jiménez, Gary Piquer, Mighello Blanco, Jaime Vázquez
Contact: El Paso Producciones Cinematograficas


Oscar del Caz de Diego

Xavier Bermúdez

Film Director, Film Director

Luis Fernández Martínez

Marta Rivera Larralde

Guillermo Jimenez Diaz

Juana Diaz Serrano

Alba Cuesta Obregon

Beatriz Navarrete Muro

Fernando Gallego Moreno

Jacobo Echeverría-Torres

Ana Díaz Serrano


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