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‘Monos’ Review: Rebels Without a Cause, or a Chaperone

‘Monos’ Review: Rebels Without a Cause, or a Chaperone
They have names like Rambo, Bigfoot, Wolf, Dog, Lady, Smurf, Swede, Boom Boom. They live, for now, up in the hills of Colombia, high enough that clouds roll in and blanket the fields during pick-up soccer games. (Just to make things interesting, they all play blindfolded.) They have kidnapped an American engineer (Julianne Nicholson) who they call “Doctora”; sometimes, the young women looking after her braid her hair. They answer to “The Messenger” (Wilson Salazar), a small, muscular man who represents “The Organization.” They shoot guns, stage guerilla attacks, perform
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Julianne Nicholson Talks “Life Changing” Experience With ‘Monos’ Production

The Colombia set Monos centers on a group of teenage soldiers who work for this collective simply known as The Organization. They are tasked with keeping a prisoner whom they call Doctora (Julianne Nicholson) safe and sound. Director/co-writer Alejandro Landes, who grew up in Colombia, had his cast and crew live out in the elements [...]

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Movie Review – Monos (2019)

Monos, 2019.

Directed by Alejandro Landes.

Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofia Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Julian Giraldo, Laura Castrillón, Deibi Rueda, Paul Cubides, Sneider Castro, Wilson Salazar, and Jorge Román.

Synopsis:

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Monos is a fictional story that might as well be real, and I wouldn’t be surprised if similar real-life stories do exist. In an undisclosed location seemingly somewhere in South America, Alejandro Landes’ film depicts a brotherhood of teenage soldiers tasked with watching over an American engineer hostage (Julianne Nicholson) while performing rigorous guerrilla military training at the orders of an Organization (the mysterious unseen group at the top of the commanding chain) member known simply as Messenger (Wilson Salazar). Living conditions are not much more appropriate, as the soldiers create makeshift underground nests and look after a single cow given to
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‘Monos’ Debuts Mild, ‘Ms. Purple’ Grows In Second Weekend, ‘Brittany’ Continues Its Marathon – Specialty Box Office

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‘Monos’ Debuts Mild, ‘Ms. Purple’ Grows In Second Weekend, ‘Brittany’ Continues Its Marathon – Specialty Box Office
The specialty box office was fairly quiet this weekend, with a handful of releases and holdovers that were, at best, mild.

Neon and Participant Media‘s Monos hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on a total of five screens. Directed by Alejandro Landes, the Red Dawn-esque dramatic thriller starring Julianne Nicholson made its debut at Sundance and won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize. With that accolade under its belt, it raked in an estimated $43,285 for its opening weekend, averaging $8,657. In New York, the film opened at the Angelika and Landmark 57, while in L.A., it debuted at the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark. Even so, we hear that of all the theaters, the Angelika brought in a decent audience, while the others didn’t fare very well.

The Michael Tyburski-directed drama The Sound Of Silence from IFC Films, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones, debuted quietly
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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Expands at a Brisk Pace at Indie Box Office

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It was a quieter weekend at the indie box office than last week, with the big move being not a new release, but an expansion. Amazon Studios’ “Brittany Runs a Marathon” expanded nationwide to 757 screens and took in $1.5 million, bringing its total to $3.8 million.

The top new release on the specialty front was Neon’s “Monos,” a drama from Alejandro Landes that premiered at Sundance this past winter. Released on five screens, it grossed $43,285 for a per screen average of $8,657.

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“Monos” follows a group of eight teenage commandos in Latin America who are assigned to guard a prisoner and a conscripted cow, only for the mission to fall apart after an ambush drives them into the jungle. Julianne Nicholson and Moises Arias star in the film, which has a 91% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Among other holdovers,
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‘Monos’ Film Review: Evocative, Oblique Film Follows Kid Commandoes and Their Prisoners

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‘Monos’ Film Review: Evocative, Oblique Film Follows Kid Commandoes and Their Prisoners
On the chilly, fog-soaked mountains of an unnamed region in Latin America, a group of child soldiers keeps watch over two captives: a solemn-faced engineer (Julianne Nicholson) and a borrowed cow named Shakira. There is some loose order imposed on the garbage bag-wearing guerilla soldiers by a short but fearsome commander from The Organization, an unknown paramilitary group with vague ideals and no stated purpose other than to fight their enemies.

The kids go by nicknames, like Bigfoot (Moises Arias), Lady (Karen Quintero), Wolf (Julian Giraldo), Rambo (Sofia Buenaventura) and Swede (Laura Castrillón). Their human captive is known only as Doctor for most of the movie. We don’t know much else as Alejandro Landes plunges us into the dark world of “Monos.”

Written by Landes and Alexis Dos Santos, “Monos” is like an even bleaker re-imagining of “The Lord of the Flies.” Landes sets the story in an unnamed
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Latin American happenings in the Oscar submission realm

by Nathaniel R

In the heat of festival season we're also getting continued news about the Oscar race for Best International Feature. In terms of South America we'd already heard about submissions from the Dominican Republic (The Projectionist), Ecuador (The Longest Night which is sometimes referred to as Mala Noche), Panama (Everybody Changes), and Uruguay (The Moneychangers). There are three more already announced that will likely have higher profiles due to familiar actors. Colombia has Monos starring Julianne Nicholson, Cuba has A Translator starring Rodrigo Santoro and of course there's Brazil's Un Certain Regard-winning melodrama The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao which feels like a probable finalist / possible nominee. It's very moving and accessible and Fernanda Montenegro (of Central Station fame) adds a last boost of melancholy and nostalgia to it in terms of Brazilian cinema and Oscar affections. To add to that stack of films we've just learned that
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Andrew Dominik Begins Production on Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’ as Full Cast is Announced

Andrew Dominik has spent the better half of the decade trying to get his Marilyn Monroe biopic off the ground and, thanks to Netflix, it’s now becoming a reality. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director found his star in Ana de Armas this past spring and now production is getting underway in Los Angeles.

THR has details on the full cast which includes two of Monroe’s husbands–Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe Dimaggio–as well as Julianne Nicholson, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton, David Warshofsky, Lily Fisher, Evan Williams, and Xavier Samuel. Cinematographer Chayse Irvin (BlacKkKlansman) has also come on board to shoot the film.

Based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel, Dominik told us, “Blonde‘s interesting because it has very little dialogue in it. My previous three movies have relied on a lot of talking
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Netflix's Marilyn Monroe Movie 'Blonde' Rounds Out Cast

As it heads into production in Los Angeles, Netflix's Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde has rounded out its cast.

As previously announced, Ana de Armas will play the Some Like It Hot actress, leading a cast that will include Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson.

Jackie actor Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofsky will also appear in the feature, along with Lily Fisher (General Hospital), Evan Williams (Versailles) and Xavier Samuel (Adore).

The Assassination of Jesse James' Andrew Dominik wrote and will direct the movie. 

Blonde is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol ...
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50 Films to See This Fall

As summer cools down, we’re entering perhaps the best time of year for cinephiles, with a variety of festivals presenting the premieres of some of our most-anticipated 2019 features. As we do each year, after highlighting the best films offered thus far, we’ve set out to provide a comprehensive preview of the fall titles that should be on your radar.

Featuring 50 films, the below feature includes both the best films we’ve already seen (with full reviews where available) and the anticipated films with (mostly) confirmed release dates that are coming over the next four months. A good amount will premiere over the next few weeks at Telluride, Venice, Tiff, and Nyff, so check back for our reviews.

See our list below, and return soon for the second part of our preview: the festival premieres with no release dates and/or U.S. distribution we’re most looking forward to.
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Monos Trailer Observes the Calm Before the Chaos

And now for something calming, until chaos erupts. Directed by Alejandro Landes, Monos appears to start in relative peace and tranquility, as a group of people enjoy life in a beautiful, remote area. Slowly, however, the trailer adds bits and pieces of a narrative that will apparently drive the story forward. It all looks quite spectacular, and I didn't realize the consistently compelling Julianne Nicholson was in the cast (under some mud) until reading the official synopsis: 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...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Rooting For Piper’s New Love Interest, Zelda? Here's Where You’ve Seen the Actress Before

Rooting For Piper’s New Love Interest, Zelda? Here's Where You’ve Seen the Actress Before
It may be the final season of Orange Is the New Black, but there's still time for new characters, like Zelda, played by Alicia Witt. Zelda is Piper's sophisticated, understanding new girlfriend. Witt is new to the Netflix family, but you've definitely seen her on your screen before.

Witt's career began as a child, when she was discovered on the talent show That's Incredible! at the age of 5. At age 8, she made her screen debut in David Lynch's Dune; she would work with Lynch again six years later as a guest star on Twin Peaks - her TV debut. Her major mainstream breakthrough came in 1995, when she began playing the role of Zoey, the daughter of Cybill Shepherd's daughter on the sitcom Cybill. Witt remained in this role until 1998, for the entire run of the series.

Over the next several years, Witt appeared in TV shows such as Ally McBeal and The Sopranos.
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If You Love Hallmark Movies, You Definitely Recognize Orange Is the New Black's Zelda

Warning: some spoilers ahead for Orange Is the New Black!

It may be the final season of Orange Is the New Black, but there's still time for new characters, like Zelda, played by Alicia Witt. Zelda is Piper's sophisticated, understanding new girlfriend. Witt is new to the Netflix family, but you've definitely seen her on your screen before.

Witt's career began as a child, when she was discovered on the talent show That's Incredible! at the age of 5. At age 8, she made her screen debut in David Lynch's Dune; she would work with Lynch again six years later as a guest star on Twin Peaks - her TV debut. Her major mainstream breakthrough came in 1995, when she began playing the role of Zoey, the daughter of Cybill Shepherd's daughter on the sitcom Cybill. Witt remained in this role until 1998, for the entire run of the series.

Over the next several years,
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Monos (2019) Movie Trailer: Teen Soldiers Lose their Sanity While Guarding Kidnap Victim Julianne Nicholson

Monos Trailer Alejandro Landes‘ Monos (2019) movie trailer has been released by Neon and stars Julianne Nicholson, Moises Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Deiby Rueda, and Karen Quintero. Plot Synopsis Monos‘ plot synopsis: “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 [...]

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‘Monos’ Trailer: Mica Levi-Scored Sundance Winner Is a Colombian ‘Lord of Flies’

‘Monos’ Trailer: Mica Levi-Scored Sundance Winner Is a Colombian ‘Lord of Flies’
If Guillermo del Toro called a movie “mesmerizing” and its director “a powerful new voice in cinema,” you’d want to see that movie, right? The Oscar-winning Mexican director had nothing but praise for “Monos,” the latest feature from Colombian filmmaker Alejandro Landes. The film won a Special Jury Award for its Sundance Film Festival premiere before going on to play the Berlinale and MoMA’s New Directors/New Films. Featuring a score from Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi, only her fourth since “Under the Skin” and “Jackie.”

Per the official synopsis: “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). With a rapturous score by Mica Levi, director Alejandro Landes examines the
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Official Us Trailer for Acclaimed Colombian Jungle Thriller 'Monos'

Neon has unveiled the full-length, official Us trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller titled Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals earlier this year to outstanding reviews (here's mine). Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes; he was 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. The film stars Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. This is one of the most talked about films of the year, and it deserves all this acclaim and attention. You definitely do not want to miss this one.
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‘Monos’ Trailer Brings a Visceral Immersion into Latin American Guerrilla Warfare

One of the most visceral films I’ve seen thus far this year is Monos, Alejandro Landes’ intense immersion into present-day Colombia guerilla warfare. Winner of the World Cinema Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year, Neon picked up the film–which features a score by Mica Levi–for a fall release and now a new trailer and poster have arrived.

I said in my review, “What is more cogently conveyed in this new riff on Lord of the Flies is the failure of an organization when control is given to an unqualified leader who inflicts barbaric dominance on their followers. As the vicious Bigfoot (Moises Arias) assumes control, we watch the slow crumbling of his power and the betrayal of his young outfit. As an intense sociopolitical lesson, Monos certainly sheds vivid light on the costs of war in present-day Colombia, particularly when it comes to taking advantage of minds not yet fully formed.
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Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time

Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time
Céline Sciamma’s Cannes Screenplay-winner “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” an 18th-century lesbian bodice-ripper that scored among the best reviews at the May festival, is a likely candidate for France’s submission for the Best International Feature Oscar. That said, it will face stiff competition for France’s slot from two other Cannes prize-winners, Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables.” In any case, Neon will release the film in Los Angeles and New York on December 6, at the height of the awards season.

The theatrical distributor did well at Cannes, beating out Netflix and others on the popular title, partnering with Hulu to acquire North American rights. Neon picked up the eventual Palme d’Or winner, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite,” ahead of the festival; that film is dated October 11. Expect both films to play the fall film festival circuit.

Adèle Haenel (“The Unknown Girl”) and
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Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time

Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time
Céline Sciamma’s Cannes Screenplay-winner “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” an 18th-century lesbian bodice-ripper that scored among the best reviews at the May festival, is a likely candidate for France’s submission for the Best International Feature Oscar. That said, it will face stiff competition for France’s slot from two other Cannes prize-winners, Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables.” In any case, Neon will release the film in Los Angeles and New York on December 6, at the height of the awards season.

The theatrical distributor did well at Cannes, beating out Netflix and others on the popular title, partnering with Hulu to acquire North American rights. Neon picked up the eventual Palme d’Or winner, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite,” ahead of the festival; that film is dated October 11. Expect both films to play the fall film festival circuit.

Adèle Haenel (“The Unknown Girl”) and
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Tribeca, SXSW award-winners 'Initials S.G.', 'Alice', 'Tito' on Visit Films Cannes slate (exclusive)

Ryan Kampe to show teaser footage fromupcoming adventure doc The Sanctity Of Space, punk rock doc White Riot.

Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films heads to the Croisette with a bumper sales slate led by Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Award winner Initials S.G.

The roster includes Tribeca selection Crshd, SXSW winners Alice, Saint Frances and Tito, SXSW selection The Wall Of Mexico, and Sundance selection Adam.

Visit will screen Lucía Garibaldi’s Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition best award-winner The Sharks, about a girl’s sexual awakening in a small beach town. Kampe will also present teaser footage from
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