The MONOS movie by Alejandro Landes has won the 2019 edition of the Sebastiane Awards. The LGTBI awards of the 67th San Sebastian Festival
This production of Colombia has a youth and choral cast to speak with great filmic power on issues such as violence, sexuality, inequalities … Where it seems that Colombia is talked about but in reality we are talking about all of us.
The jury of the 20 Sebastiane Prize tells us that:
In a world in which the binary dichotomy is blurred; Monkeys offers us a story that is put on both sides of all things. But it is also placed nowhere. The films of good and bad, the gay and the straight, the separation between man and woman, victim and victimizer … are binomials that throw us away from the real debates. Disputes about violence, sexuality or social inequalities.
In the filmic development Alejandro Landes does not use the highlands, the jungle and the river as scenarios but as moods of a group. In that group the only moral compass is called Rambo and is a queer character.
Director Alejandro Landes
Screenplay Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos
Director of Photography Jasper Wolf
Editing Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Ted Guard, Santiago Otheguy
Music Mica Levi
Sound Design Lena Esquenazi, Sound Javier Farina
Production Design Daniela Schneider, Costumes Johanna Buendía, Make-up Andrés Ramirez, Alex Rojas
Casting Eyde Belasco, Catalina Rodriguez, Carlos Medina, Diana Murillo, Daniela Schneider, Alexis Dos Santos
Assistant Director Alejandro Ezpeleta
Production Manager Gustavo Pazmín Perea
Producers Alejandro Landes, Fernando Epstein, Santiago Zapata, Cristina Landes
Executive Producers Jorge Iragorri, Andrés Calderón, Gloria María Restrepo, Gustavo Pazmín Perea, Josef Rebalski, Charles De Viel Castel, Duke Merriman, J. C. Chandor
Co-producers Leontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman, Katrin Pors, Anthony Muir, Agustina Chiarino, Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen
Campo Cine, Buenos Aires
Lemming Film, Amsterdam
Snowglobe Film, Kopenhagen
Film I Vast, Trollhättan
Pandora Film, Köln
CounterNarrative Films, New York