Monos (2019, Colombia)
Thursday, March 17, 2022
7:00 pm brief introduction by June Erlick
7:15 pm film screening
In-person event. Free and open to the MIT community. Please arrive at 6:45 to have your MIT badge or digital ID scanned at the door.
Introduction to the film will be made by June Erlick, of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University
About the film
A film by Alejandro Landes. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Sofía Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Paul Cubides, Sneider Castro, Moises Arías, Julianne Nicholson, Wilson Salazar, Jorge Román, Valeria Solomonoff. Run time 1h 42m.
The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels who run wild in the mountains of an unspecified South American country, while keeping watch over an American hostage, Doctora. 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. TRAILER
Colombia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film to Academy Awards. Winner of numerous awards including from Sundance Film Festival, Cartagena International Film Festival, Buenos Aires International Festival Of Independent Cinema, Platino Awards, Newport Beach International Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and more.
About the Series
The MIT Ibero American Film Series 2022 features five critically acclaimed films by directors from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Guatemala with a diverse range of Latin American contexts and perspectives, and in Portuguese, Spanish, Maya, and English (all with English subtitles). The featured films engage with topics such as: the clash between natives and newcomers, urban living, ecological degradation, family relations, and sexuality in a variety of genres: psychological thriller, science fiction, coming of age tale, “mob epic for the ages,” and domestic drama. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
This series was made possible with the support of Global Languages, Committee on Race and Diversity, MindHandHeart, Council for the Arts at MIT.
Thanks also to MISTI; History at MIT; Literature; Latino ERG; Hermanas Unidas; MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies; Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Comparative Media Studies/Writing; and MIT Linguistics.
This series is part of the Spanish Film Club, and was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.