The visionary third feature of Alejandro Landes, Monos captivates us with its striking baroque aesthetic, otherworldly setting, and ingenious reframing of the war film—one that uses adolescence to insinuate a youthful but elusive dream of peace.


On a faraway Colombian mountaintop, what at first glance looks like a hedonistic summer camp, is actually the setting of a mission: child soldiers with war names must make sure that Doctor, a kidnapped American woman, stays alive. But when a battle approaches and a borrowed milk cow is killed by accident, playtime is over.


Festivals & Awards

  • 35rd Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award 2019
  • 65th Berlinale, Panorama 2019
  • 63rd BFI London Film Festival, Best Film 2019
  • 67th San Sebastián International Film Festival, Horizons Award & Best Film 2019
  • 66th Sydney Film Festival, International Compétition 2019
  • 92nd Oscars, International Competition 2020



  • 2019 Monos
  • 2011 Porfirio
  • 2007 Cocalero
  • Cast

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Deiby Rueda, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón


    Screenwriter: Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos
    Cinematography: Jasper Wolf
    Editing: Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Ted Guard, Santiago Otheguy
    Sound designer: Lena Esquenazi
    Music: Mica Levi
    Producers: Alejandro Landes, Fernando Epstein, Santiago Zapata, Cristina Landes
    Co-Producers: Nicolás Avruj, Agustina Chiarino, Christoph Friedel, Diego Lerman, Anthony Muir, Leontine Petit, Katrin Pors, Derk-Jan Warrink
    Associate Producers: Moises Arias, Roy Azout, Natalia Echeverri, Flora Lau, Julianne Nicholson, Georgina Terán, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade
    Production: Franja Nomo (CO), Bord Cadre films (CH), Counter Narrative Films (US), El Campo Cine (AR), Film i Väst (SE), Le Pacte (FR), Lemming Film (NL), Mutante Cine, Pando Producciones (CO), Pandora Filmproduktion (DE), Snowglobe Films (DK)

    Technical Data

    Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
    Runtime: 102′
    Released: 2019
    Language: English, Spanish
    Subtitles: English, French