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Belonging to a rebel group called “the Organization,” a ragtag band of child soldiers, brandishing guns and war names like Rambo, Wolf, Lady, and Bigfoot, occupies a derelict ruin atop a remote mountain where they train themselves, watch over a “conscripted” milk cow, and hold hostage a kidnapped American engineer, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). But after an attack forces them to abandon their base, playtime is over for the motley young crew.

The visionary third feature of Alejandro Landes (Cocalero, Porfirio), Monos captivates us with its striking baroque aesthetic, otherworldly setting, and ingenious reframing of the war film—one that uses adolescence to insinuate a youthful but elusive dream of peace. With enthralling performances from Nicholson and a talented young ensemble led by Moises Arias, Landes constructs a stylized, deceptively surreal space that teeters between tedium and hedonism, made more unsettling by its disquieting soundscape and Mica Levi’s brilliant score. As they descend into a jungle, captors and captive alike find themselves in an increasingly anarchic, unhinged “nowhere world” that echoes Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Sweden/Uruguay

RUN TIME 102 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY N/A

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Alejandro Landes

Alejandro Landes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and raised in Ecuador and Colombia. Landes's first fiction feature, Porfirio, premiered in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight and won top prizes at many international film festivals. His first documentary, Cocalero, opened in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released in over 20 countries. Landes was a resident at the Cannes Cinéfondation and a fellow at Sundance Institute's Screenwriters and Directors Labs.