Latin Wave 10 film screening: Jauja
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' 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."