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A group of teenage soldiers in the mountains of Colombia doesn't seem to take combatant life very seriously. Everything changes when the fight starts coming closer – now only survival counts.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.


They have code names like Dog, Boom Boom, Rambo, Smurf, and Bigfoot, and they are the teen soldiers of The Organization. Their commander instructs them to guard their prisoner, the American woman doctor Sara Watson, while also keeping an eye on their cow Shakira. No sooner has he left than all the boys' military discipline disappears to be replaced by typical teenage things like drinking, partying, flirting, and fooling around with the weapons. As the fight comes closer things change.

Rather than telling a political story about child soldiers with the hallucinatory thriller Monos, Colombian-Ecuadorian director Alejandro Landes, whose Porfirio won the 2011 WCA Jury Award, gives his vision of the flimsy layer of civilization disappearing without a trace when lives are at stake: Lord of the Flies 2.0. Breath-taking camera work by Dutch DoP Jasper Wolf, score by Mica Levi (Under the Skin).

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