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‘Leap Year’ Helmer Michael Rowe Prepares Second Film; Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna Producing

Posted by , on March 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm 

Most of us associate the 2010 cinematic year and the title Leap Year with a “turgid” vehicle that saw Amy Adams run off to Ireland or something. But there was another debut in those twelve months, one which even earned writer-director Michael Rowe the Camera D’Or (Best New Feature) at Cannes. I’d argue it was a more fruitful effort.

A little over nine months after its theatrical release, Variety reports that Rowe is moving forward with a sophomore effort, Napa. And, according to their story, he’s getting a little help from some recognizable names; through their independent company, Canana, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna will, respectively, produce and executive produce. The second feature in what Rowe refers to as a “Trilogy of Solitude,” Napa — based on a short by Australian author Tim Winton — stars Maria Fernanda Sasse in the role of a “6-year-old girl living in the aftermath of her parents’ divorce.”

Much to my own embarrassment, Leap Year‘s consistently slipped my attention in the nine months since we first debuted the trailer (despite its presence on Netflix Watch Instantly, natch), so I’ll take Napa as incentive to finally check it out. As for the upcoming film itself? If he can live up to the promise reportedly exhibited with his debut, Rowe could very well have something great in store.

Have you seen Leap Year? If so, will a second film from Rowe get your attention?


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