Completely captivating from start to finish, Monos follows a group of guerrilla teenage soldiers assigned to watch over a hostage on a Colombian mountaintop.
The slow descent into chaos, in a landscape that feels miles away from real life, creates a surreal and nightmarish experience, with similarities to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The cast—made up of ordinary children who received both acting and military training only a few weeks prior to filming—only adds to the feeling that you are witnessing the loss of innocence and the breakdown of friendship.
Using wide-angle CinemaScope, director Alejandro Landes and cinematographer Jasper Wolf have created a sensory experience where the audience feels like an omniscient observer, lurking in the jungle and watching as events unfold. Monos is a film that will stay with you long after you leave your seats.
This screening will be introduced by Edith Bowman, broadcaster and host of the podcast Soundtracking.
Women in Widescreen
Composer spotlight: Mica Levi
Mica Levi, also known by their stage name Micachu, is an English singer, songwriter, composer and producer. They are classically trained and since 2008 have released experimental pop music with their band Good Sad Happy Bad (formerly Micachu and the Shapes) as well as creating unique soundtracks for films. Their film work includes Under the Skin, Jackie, Marjorie Prime and, most recently, Monos.