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Jauja 2014 15

109 mins Argentina Director. Lisandro Alonso

Danish engineer Captain Gunnar Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) is stationed with the Argentine army in a remote corner of Patagonia. When his 15-year-old daughter Ingeborg elopes with a young soldier, the angry and distraught Dinesen begins an epic journey across a harsh, threatening landscape in the hope of tracking the couple down.

For his fourth feature, maverick director Lisandro Alonso turns to a difficult period in Argentine history, the brutal 1882 campaign to eradicate the indigenous population from Patagonia. His painterly existential western, framed in a vintage 4:3 ratio, is a fable about filmmaking, colonialism, the formation of nation and a brilliant chronicle of Dinesen’s descent into a single-minded obsession as fierce and foreboding as that of Apocalypse Now’s deranged Kurtz. Mortensen excels as the quixotic Dinesen, who undertakes the arduous journey through mythical landscapes, where his idea of utopia remains forever out of reach.

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Directed by

Lisandro Alonso

Featuring

Viggo Mortensen

Viilbjork Malling Agger

Ghita Nørby

Adrián Fondari

Genres

Costume drama

Collection

Festival Favourites

Certificate

15 Contains strong sex, bloody images

Released

2014

Country

Argentina

Language

English

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