Participant Media has come on board as US co-distributor of Alejandro Landes’ Colombian thriller Monos ahead of the film’s presentation at the New Directors/New Films festival in New York.
Julianne Nicholson and Moisés Arias star in the story of a nameless child guerilla unit, stricken by internecine fighting, on the run from government forces.
Monos premiered in Sundance where it won the World Cinema Dramatic special jury award, and screened in Berlin Panorama, and at the Cartagena International Film Festival, where it won the audience award.
It screens at the 2019 New Directors/New Films festival on Saturday (30).
Jonathan King, president of narrative film and television for Participant, said, “With Monos, Alejandro has created a spectacular and emotional cinematic experience, but it also helps illuminate the often chaotic process out of civil war in places like Colombia and the role of minors in combat situations they don’t control. We could not be more proud to join NEON in sharing this visionary film with audiences.”
Landes co-wrote the screenplay with Alexis Dos Santos. The producers are Landes and Fernando Epstein, as well as Santiago Zapata and Cristina Landes. The cast features Sofia Buenaventura, Deiby Rueda, Karen Quintero, and Laura Castrillón.
The film is a Le Pacte presentation of a Stela Cine production made with the support of Caracol Televisión. It was co-produced by Lemming Film (The Netherlands), Campo Cine (Argentina), Pandora (Germany), SnowGlobe (Denmark), Film I Väst (Sweden) and Mutante Cine (Uruguay)