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Neon Acquires Latin American Survival Thriller ‘Monos’

Sundance 2019: Survival film follows a team of soldiers and an American hostage lost in the jungle

Neon has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Latin American survival thriller “Monos,” which is screening in the World Cinema Dramatic section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Monos” stars Julianne Nicholson as an American hostage held by a group of young soldiers and rebels in training on a remote mountain in Latin America. After an ambush, the group is driven into the jungle, where the dynamic quickly crumbles as they struggle to survive.

Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Deiby Rueda, Karen Quintero and Laura Castrillón also star. Alejandro Landes directed the feature from a script he co-wrote with Alexis Dos Santos. Landes also produced with Fernando Epstein, Santiago Zapata and Cristina Landes.

“Making ‘Monos’ was a life-changing adventure for myself and the team,” said Alejandro Landes in a statement. “We could not be more excited by the reception at Sundance and the fact that NEON showed so much passion and understanding for the spirit of the film. We all look forward to collaborating with them on the release in the US.”

The deal was negotiated by NEON with UTA Independent Film Group and Le Pacte on behalf of the filmmakers. 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).

The deal was first reported by THR.