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Wild and unhinged, full of surrealistic visuals and a pulsing score, Monos brings a tense, disturbing twist to the war-film genre, with flavors of Apocalypse Now (1979) and Lord of the Flies (1990). A group of young soldiers, part of a rebel group called The Organization, is tasked to keep their hostage, “Doctora” (a bad-ass Julianne Nicholson), alive. When a military attack hits their base and she attempts escape, the codes they live by start to unravel as they venture deeper into the jungle and more hedonistic impulses take over. Winner Special Jury Award at Sundance.
“By stripping away the sociopolitical context, Monos provides a window into power-hungry mayhem on the fringes of society that could happen anytime, anywhere — but depicts its hectic showdowns with a you-are-there intensity that could only take place in the present. Aided by Under the Skin composer Micah Levi’s thunderous score, Landes delivers a suspenseful encapsulation of alienated youth enmeshed in pointless battles that can only lead to further destruction.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire
Alejandro Landes was born in Brazil, raised in Ecuador and Colombia, and studied politics and economics at Brown University. He made his filmmaking debut with Cocalero (2007), a documentary, followed by a narrative feature Porfirio (2011), for which he was named Best Director at the Cartagena Film Festival. For his third feature, Monos (2019), he was awarded a World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award by the Sundance Film Festival. Landes was a fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and a resident of the Cannes Cinéfondation.
Language Spanish, English
Director Alejandro Landes
Producer Fernando Epstein, Alejandro Landes, Cristina Landes, Santiago A. Zapata
Writer Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos
Editor Ted Guard, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Santiago Otheguy
Cinematographer Jasper Wolf
Music Mica Levi
Cast Julianne Nicholson, Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo