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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Monos (2019 Feature Film)

Alejandro Landes | Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Uruguay, USA | 2019 | color | DCP | 102' | Spanish | e.s.

This hypnotizing, adventurous film about child soldiers in the jungle throws human logic overboard. In Monos, nature’s laws apply, the way teens imagine them. The result is a tense, explosive cocktail of a socially critical war film and a sensual, erotically charged coming-of-age story.
 

Deep in the Latin American jungle, eight teens constitute a paramilitary unit. Their task is simple and consists of guarding an American woman who has been taken hostage and a dairy cow called Shakira. However, sometimes it’s the simple tasks that prove the most difficult, especially for youngsters.

The psychedelic adventure Monos immerses you in the world of pubescent child soldiers. In this whirlpool, human logic has been thrown overboard and nature’s laws apply. Director Alejandro Landes combines Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness, but in a hybrid, post-colonial context. His film critiques imperialism and the violence of war, how we think about gender, bodies, and sexuality – puberty in the film is depicted as a battle that rages in the body. Jasper Wolf’s super-sharp images and Mica Levi’s playful, rousing, but also disturbing soundtrack make Monos a nail-biting cinematic experience about the unexpected consequences of growing up amid war and violence.

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:12

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 18:30

Duration: 1:12

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 15:30

Duration: 1:12

Year in Festival
2019
Director
Alejandro Landes
Camera
Jasper Wolf
Country
Colombia
Argentina
Netherlands
Denmark
Sweden
Germany
Uruguay
USA
Editor
Ted Guard
Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Santiago Otheguy
Language
Spanish
Length
102'
Music
Mica Levi
Production Company
No Franja
Production Design
Daniela Schneider
Year of Production
2019
Alejandro Landes

Alejandro LANDES (1980, Brazil) is a Columbian-Ecuadorian director, producer, scriptwriter, and journalist. He studied Political Economics at Brown University and first encountered the world of cinema working as the production assistant for the news show Oppenheimer Presenta. After shooting the documentary Cocalero (2007), his feature film debut was Porfirio (2011). His second feature film Monos (2019) had its world premiere as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance.

Filmography

Cocalero (2007, doc), Porfirio (2011), Monos (2019)