JAUJA | Dir. Lisandro Alonso | 2014 | 109 min | PG
An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s. Featuring a superb performance from Mortensen, JAUJA (the name suggests a fabled city of riches sought by European explorers) is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.
Between November and December Calgary Cinematheque presents a four-film series from a diverse set of Argentine directors, all released in the 21st Century as Argentina was emerging from their economic crisis. The four films, JAUJA (Lisandro Alonso), THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel), BOMBON (Carlos Sorin) and VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro), are by directors associated with different regions of Argentina because of their film settings. In addition, these directors themes and styles range from a vérité style to a cinema inspired by theatre and literature.