Teaser Trailer for Festival Favorite Colombian Jungle Thriller 'Monos'
by Alex Billington
March 18, 2019
Get a first look at a trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals to excellent reviews from critics all over. Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes, born in Brazil to Colombian & Ecuadorian parents, he infuses much of the social-political elements of those areas into the film. Monos is one of those beautifully strange, abstract films where this isn't any real explanation given, but you're compelled to follow along anyway. On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted cow. Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. It's one of the best I've seen out of the festivals this year, one of my favorites as well.
Here's the first festival promo trailer for Alejandro Landes' Monos, direct from Film Society's YouTube:
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 are instinctively drawn towards hedonism and ferocity. A messenger delivers instructions from the Organisation: they are 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. Monos is directed by Colombian-Ecuadorian filmmaker named Alejandro Landes, director of the film Porfirio previously, and the documentary Cocalero. The screenplay is written by Alejandro Landes & Alexis Dos Santos, from a story by Alejandro Landes. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also just stopped by the Berlin Film Festival (read our review). Neon will release the film, but it's still waiting for a release date to be set in the US. First impression? Looking good?
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shiboleth on Mar 18, 2019
...lol...the trailer didn't give me any incentive to see the movie. Too many quick cuts and too frantic to even ascertain a little what the heck is going on. What is Julianne Nicholson doing in this? Apocalypto this ain't. That was an excellent film by Mel Gibson. Still...there is something here...the location...the character...I don't know...something. Gotta take Alex's word here and maybe give it a shot.
thespiritbo on Mar 18, 2019
Looks like Harmony Korine in the jungle. I'm curious because of the weirdness, but this might be a case of art for art sake.
THE_RAW_ on Mar 19, 2019
Definitely weird, hope it's the good kind.
Efterklang on Mar 19, 2019
Oh it is. Definitely is. Highly recommend seeing this one.
Alex Billington on Mar 19, 2019
They don't sow.
DAVIDPD on Mar 19, 2019
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