Join our Cafe Cinematique International group as we watch important and provocative films followed by a moderated discussion. The best in international and independent films from all eras find their way to our coffee table.
June 7, 2:00 pm. Part of the Cafe Cinematique International Discussion Series
Argentina – NR – 109 minutes
An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s. Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the young couple.
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.
Winner – 2014 Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard
Winner – 2014 Ghent International Film Festival – Best Director – Lisandro Alonso
“In Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso’s splendid, quietly passionate dream-western Jauja, we want to creep closer to the film’s star and enigmatic center, Viggo Mortensen.” – Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice
“There is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don’t see and what we expect to see.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
“In Jauja, Alsonso saves his most dazzling trick for last: a sudden plunge down a Lynchian rabbit hole that should, by all means, rupture the film’s hypnotizing atmosphere, but instead pulls the viewer in even deeper.” – Scott Foundas, Variety