Participant Media has partnered with NEON for the U.S. distribution of Latin American film festival sensation, Monos, directed by Alejandro Landes and starring Julianne Nicholson. NEON acquired the critically-acclaimed film following its World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Monos, which received the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award, followed by a screening at the Berlin Film Festival and the Cartagena International Film Festival, where it won the audience award, will screen Saturday at the 2019 New Directors/New Films festival in New York. The film is about a young group of soldiers and rebels training on a remote mountain in Latin America with an American hostage (played by Nicholson).
Jonathan King, President of Narrative Film and Television for Participant, commented on the news, saying, “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 film’s screenplay with Alexis Dos Santos. The producers are Landes and Fernando Epstein, as well as Santiago Zapata and Cristina Landes. The cast features Nicholson, alongside Moisés Arias, 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).
Participant has experienced a string of successes with Latin American feature films, most recently taking three Academy Awards for Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. The company’s slate also includes Sebastián Lelio’s Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, Pablo Larraín’s Academy Award-nominated No, and Golden Globe-nominated Neruda.