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.

Filmmaker
Alejandro Landes
Country
Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Uruguay, USA
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
102’
Language
Spanish, English
Producer
Alejandro Landes, Fernando Epstein, Santiago Zapata, Cristina Landes, Leontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink
Production Company
No Franja, El Campo Cine, Lemming Film, Snowglobe Film, Film I Vast, Pandora Film Produktion, CounterNarrative Films
Sales
Le Pacte
Writer
Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos
Cinematography
Jasper Wolf
Editor
Ted Guard, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Santiago Otheguy
Production Design
Daniela Schneider
Sound Design
Lena Esquenazi
Music
Mica Levi
Cast
Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero