Monos (film)

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Directed byAlejandro Landes
Produced by
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Fernando Epstein
  • Santiago Zapata
  • Cristina Landes
Written by
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Alexis Dos Santos
Music byMica Levi
CinematographyJasper Wolf
Edited by
Stela Cine
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
  • Colombia
  • United States

Monos is a 2019 drama film directed by Alejandro Landes, written by Landes and Alexis Dos Santos and produced by Fernando Epstein, Santiago Zapata, Cristina Landes and Landes himself. It stars Julianne Nicholson and Moisés Arias. The film happens on a faraway mountaintop, where eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow. It is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2019 by Neon and Participant Media.

The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2019, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award.[1]


In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner (Julianne Nicholson) and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as "The Organization". After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and fog of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, banding together a diverse young cast of seasoned professionals (including Hannah Montana's Moisés Arias) and untrained neophytes thrust into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace.


  • Julianne Nicholson as Doctora
  • Moisés Arias as Bigfoot
  • Sofia Buenaventura as Rambo
  • Julian Giraldo as Wolf
  • Karen Quintero as Lady
  • Laura Castrillón as Swede
  • Deiby Rueda as Smurf
  • Esneider Castro as Boom Boom
  • Paul Cubides as Dog
  • Wilson Salazar as The Messenger
  • Jorge Román as The Gold miner


Shot on location in Colombia on the Chingaza páramo in Cundinamarca and on the jungle of the Samaná river canyon in Antioquia. Both locations had never been caught on film due to the extreme conditions in terms of access and weather.

Fernando Epstein, Santiago Zapata, Cristina Landes and Alejandro Landes produced the film under the Stela Cine banner with the support of Caracol Televisión, Cine Colombia, Dago Garcia Producciones, Dynamo, EFD Colombia and all of their international co-producers.[2]

The film is a colombian co-production with El Campo Cine (Argentina), Lemming Film (the Netherlands), Pandora Film Produktion (Germany), Snowglobe Film (Denmark), Mutante Cine (Uruguay), Bord Cadre Films (Switzerland), Film i Väst (Sweden) and CounterNarrative Films (United States).[3]


In January 2019, Neon acquired the U.S distribution rights to the film.[4] A few months later, in March 2019 Participant Media joined as a co-distributor for the territory. [5]. Dates for the theatrical release in Colombia (August 15th) and the U.S (September 13th) were revealed in May 2019.


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref(s)
Sundance Film Festival 2 February 2019 World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award MONOS by Alejandro Landes Won [6]
Berlin International Film Festival 15 February 2019 Teddy Award – Best Feature Film MONOS by Alejandro Landes Nominated [7]
Cartagena Film Festival 11 March 2019 Audience Award MONOS by Alejandro Landes Won [8]
Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse 30 March 2019 Prix CCAS, Prix Des Électriciens Gaziers MONOS by Alejandro Landes Won [9]
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 13 April 2019 Best Original Music Mica Levi for MONOS Won [10]
Newport Beach Film Festival 8 May 2019 Jury Award – Best Film Monos (Film) Won [11]
Jury Award – Best Actress Sofia Buenaventura for MONOS Won [12]
Jury Award – Best Director Alejandro Landes for MONOS Won [13]
Jury Award – Best Cinematography Jasper Wolf for MONOS Won [14]
Montclair Film Festival 12 May 2019 Fiction Feature Prize MONOS by Alejandro Landes Won [15]
Transilvania International Film Festival 9 June 2019 Transilvania Trophy - Best Film MONOS by Alejandro Landes Won [16]
Art Film Fest 21 June 2019 Blue Angel - Best Film[disambiguation needed] Monos (Film) Won [17]
Odesa International Film Festival 20 July 2019 Best Director[disambiguation needed] Alejandro Landes for MONOS Won [18]


  1. ^ "2019 Sundance Film Festival - 'Monos' Premiere". Zimbio.
  2. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (January 27, 2019). "Neon Acquires Latin American Survival Thriller 'Monos'". The Wrap.
  3. ^ Katz, David (February 2, 2019). "Colombian auteur Alejandro Landes has returned after an eight-year hiatus with a film that oozes pure adrenaline and excellent technique". Cineuropa.
  4. ^ Galupo, Mia (January 27, 2019). "Sundance: Neon Nabs Survival Thriller 'Monos'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 29, 2019). "Participant Media, Hot Off 'Roma', Boards Neon's Colombian Survival Pic 'Monos'". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Sunday; February 3rd; 2019. "2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED".
  7. ^ "Teddy Award - The official queer award at the Berlin International Film Festival".
  8. ^ "Monos ganó premio del público en el FICCI 2019 - Caracol TV".
  9. ^ "Palmarès (2019) - Cinelatino".
  10. ^ otroscines (April 13, 2019). "BAFICI 2019: "The Unicorn" y "Fin de siglo" fueron las grandes ganadoras". (in Spanish).
  11. ^ NFF (8 May 2019). "NFF Winners 2019".
  12. ^ NFF (8 May 2019). "NFF Winners 2019".
  13. ^ NFF (8 May 2019). "NFF Winners 2019".
  14. ^ NFF (8 May 2019). "NFF Winners 2019".
  15. ^ Baristanet Staff (May 12, 2019). "Montclair Film Festival 2019 Award Winners!".
  16. ^ Sunday; June 9th; 2019. "Alejandro Landes' 'Monos' Wins Top Prize at Transilvania Film Festival".
  17. ^ "Blue Angels fly off across the globe; Art Film Fest culminates in awards ceremony". 25 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Blue Angels fly off across the globe; Art Film Fest culminates in awards ceremony". 25 June 2019.

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