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MONOS CANADIAN THEATRICAL RELEASE

After winning the Special Jury Award at Sundance earlier this year, MONOS will be opening in theatres across Canada over the coming weeks.




STARRING: JULIANNE NICHOLSON, MOISÉS ARIAS, SOFIA BUENAVENTURA, DEIBY RUEDA, KAREN QUINTERO, LAURA CASTRILLÓN, JULIÁN GIRALDO, PAUL CUBIDES, SNEIDER CASTRO


"Mesmerizing. Alejandro Landes is a powerful new voice in cinema.” -Guillermo del Toro






RELEASE:

September 27th: Toronto - TIFF Bell Lightbox Edmonton - Princess Edmonton Calgary - Plaza Calgary 

October 4th: Saskatoon - Roxy Saskatoon Regina - Rainbow Regina 

October 18th:  Vancouver - Vancity 


JULIANNE NICHOLSON


MONOS, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring third feature, is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels — bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom — who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson).


The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever dream. 



With a rapturous score by Mica Levi (only her third, after UNDER THE SKIN and JACKIE), director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling LORD OF THE FLIES and BEAU TRAVAIL in a way that feels wholly original. Landes brings together a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals (including Hannah Montana's Moisés Arias) and untrained neophytes and thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace. 


WRITTEN BY: Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos

DIRECTED BY: Alejandro Landes



A CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER ALEJANDRO LANDES

How did this project come about?


There has been a seemingly endless civil war in Colombia, a war with many fronts:

paramilitaries, guerrillas, Narcos, the government, foreign actors and everything seems to be

coming to a head. The fragile possibility of peace is in the air, and it's been a long time coming.

Monos explores this moment through the prism of the war movie. Though this is my

generation’s first chance, this is not Colombia’s first peace process and so it feels plagued by

ghosts. These ghosts inspired me to shape the film like a fever dream.


How did the situation in Colombia directly inspire this movie?


The former President was given the Nobel Peace Prize last year for signing a peace agreement

between FARC, the main guerrilla group, and the government, but this is a peace that was

rejected in the ballot box by a referendum and had to be pushed through by executive decree.

The accord calls for all guerillas brandishing machine guns in the mountains and jungles to give

up their weapons and head into the towns and cities. It’s still unclear how they will be received

— will they be welcomed and helped to start anew or killed in the streets for revenge or

forgotten?


Also, despite the agreement with the guerilla’s commanders, many fear that dissident

squadrons have splintered off to wage a war of their own, like you begin to see in MONOS.

These questions create a ticking time bomb.



You drop the viewer headlong into an unspecified environment devoid of context. Discuss

your strategy here...


The idea, from the story to the production design, was to create an atemporal world, out of

place, out of time, far away from everything--- with this group of kids who is being trained and

watched over by some unknown force. They're on a mission, part of a clandestine army.

They're a squad of soldiers in the ‘back’ lines of a war— but also just a tight-knit pack of

teenagers. Though the specifics of the Colombian civil war are the source of inspiration, the

idea was always for the experience of the film to cross borders and exist as a world in and of its

own.


What fascinated you about the subject of teenage commandos?


Most of us have dreamed, more than once, of running off with our friends to someplace far

away and doing whatever we wanted without anyone watching over us or telling us what to do.

In Monos, youth serves as a metaphor for Colombia as a nation; it's a young country, still

searching for its identity, and the dream of peace is fragile, tentative and recurring. Much more

than an exploration of child soldiers, this film speaks to adolescence because it’s then that we

start fighting to understand who we are and who we want to become...It’s a stage in life in

which we are caught between wanting company and, just as desperately, wanting to be alone.

Monos looks to evoke this angst and conflict from the inside rather than create reactions of pity

or outrage in the audience by depicting what could be perceived as a foreign conflict.


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