Apr 17 - Apr 23, 2015

(Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/United States/Netherlands/France/Mexico, 2014, DCP, 108 min)

Seattle premiere!

Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja (pronounced HOW-ha) marks multiple firsts in the Argentinian director’s career: working with another writer on the script, creating a period piece (late 19th-century Patagonia), casting a veritable star (and producer), Viggo Mortensen, and including more dialogue than all of his other films combined (though that’s not saying much, literally!).

Jauja is unmistakably Alonso, with its focus on presence and duration in a solitary, dream-like journey through haunting landscapes. Mortensen stars as Captain Gunnar Dinesen, a Dane who travels with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army during the Conquest of the Desert (the systematic annihilation of indigenous people in Patagonia). When the girl disappears into the night with her soldier sweetheart, Dinesen sets off into enemy territory to find them. The title evokes a beguiling mythic city perpetually sought by adventurers.

"beautiful and haunting. Alonso grounds his film in the physical experiences of his characters and the texture of the moment. . .more poem than frontier thriller" —Seattle Weekly

"truly lovely (and richly hued) cinematography at a meditative, hypnotic pace. . .Quite a cowboy movie." —The Stranger

"a quietly magical mindbender of the subtlest kind" The Guardian


Jauja (Trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo.

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