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102 min.
Year of Production:
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

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.

BIOGRAFIE 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.

FILMOGRAFIE Alejandro Landes (selection)

2019 Monos  2011 Porfirio  2007 Cocalero 

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Interview with Alejandro Landes on 'Monos'

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