Patagrande, Rambo, Leidi, Sueca, Pitufo, Lobo, Perro and Bum Bum. Eight stray teenagers, each bearing a code name, form a paramilitary squad on a remote hilltop. They’re instinctively drawn towards hedonism and ferocity. A messenger delivers instructions from the Organisation: they’re to look after a dairy cow called Shakira and an abducted woman from the USA known as Doctora. But their carefree time comes to an end when death pays them a visit and their position is compromised, forcing them to relocate deeper into the jungle. Alejandro Landes and co-writer Alexis dos Santos have created a disquieting take on the war film and survival thriller. Theirs is a work of scant explanations but of visceral emotions. Heightened by Jasper Wolf’s piercing cinematography, Mica Levi’s superbly tense score and uncannily sharp editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Ted Guard and Santiago Otheguy, Landes’ exhilarating third feature impresses by zooming in on the shifting allegiances and power struggles of an adolescent, primal tribe.


  • Runtime

    102 min
  • Country

    Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Uruguay, United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Alejandro Landes
  • Cast

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofía Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Paul Cubides, Sneider Castro, Wilson Salazar
  • Production Company

    Stela Cine, Mutante Cine
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

Biography Alejandro Landes

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, he grew up in Ecuador and Colombia. His documentary Cocalero screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in over 20 countries. His debut feature film Porfirio premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011 and went on to screen and win prizes at many international film festivals.

Filmography Alejandro Landes

2007 Cocalero | 2011 Porfirio