Monos
Screenings
Part of the series MoMA Contenders 2019

Monos, with director Alejandro Landes

Tuesday Dec 17, 2019 7:30 PM

Monos, which won a Special Jury Award at Sundance, is sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019—one critic called it “Apocalypse Now on shrooms.” In Alejandro Landes’s intensely thrilling twist on Lord of the Flies, Julianne Nicholson plays a terrorized American engineer held captive by teenage guerrilla bandits in an unnamed South American jungle. Leaderless and rootless, the child soldiers puff themselves up with names like Rambo, Smurf, and Bigfoot (the latter a brutal Moises Arias), and survive the tedium and predation of the wilderness through sexual games and cult-like rituals. As they wage physical and psychological warfare on perceived enemies—and, inevitably, among themselves—they are reduced to a state of desperate barbarism. The film’s sense of surreal menace is amplified by Mica Levi’s discordant soundscape and Jasper Wolf’s cinematography.

Monos. 2018. Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Sweden/Uruguay. Directed by Alejandro Landes. Written by Landes and Alexis Dos Santos. With Moises Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Julianne Nicholson. English and Spanish with English subtitles. 102 min.

Q&A with director Alejandro Landes to follow.

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Tickets

$20 General admission
$10 Hammer Members with a valid discount code



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MoMA Contenders 2019 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Senior Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
 
The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.