Arrestingly enigmatic and eerie, Jauja marks a new direction for acclaimed Argentine auteur Lisandro Alonso. Working for the first time with a formal script and professional actors, Alonso maintains the singular visual style and languid pace that made his previous films (Los muertos; Liverpool) so memorable. Viggo Mortensen plays Danish general Gunnar Dinesen, assigned to the wilds of Patagonia during the Spaniards’s 1882 campaign to rid the land of its indigenous people. When his daughter Ingeborg (Viilbjørk Malling Agger) runs off with a soldier, Dinesen tries to find her before she’s caught by the notorious Zuluaga, a former soldier who has “gone native.”

Read an in-depth analysis of the film from Sight & Sound magazine.

"[The film is] radical for getting Viggo Mortensen to play that engineer, to speak good Danish and stilted Spanish, and to become a body to press upon Alonso's prehistoric landscapes. Radical for its old fashionedness, shot in curved-edge 1.33 on film with sky and ground in frame, with that frame bisected by the horizon, like John Ford, and indeed one duskset shot gorgeously re-imagines the 1940s Technicolor palette of Ford in the most intimate, low-fi manner. Radical, too, in a festival of excess, of its minimalism of nearly everything but materiality and image texture. Radical, then, not in a single moment but in a real, felt aggregation, as if the previous shots were not lost to be fogged by memory, but that image after image of the film stacks on top of one another, layers of quietly pulsing moments thick and tactile like terracotta tiles." - Mubi.com

"Were we to turn a corner and happen upon the apes from the prologue of 2001, the 16th-century conquistadors of Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, or the frontier accountant of Jarmusch’s Dead Man, it would hardly come as a surprise." - Variety


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Director
Lisandro Alonso
Released
2014
Language
Spanish with English subtitles
Country
Argentina/Denmark/France/Mexico/USA/Germany/Brazil/Netherlands
Running Time
108 minutes
Format
DCP, Color