Eight stray teenagers, each bearing a code name, form a paramilitary squad on a remote hilltop. They are instinctively drawn towards hedonism and ferocity. A messenger delivers instructions from the Organisation: they are to look after a dairy cow called Shakira and an abducted woman from the USA known as Doctora. But their carefree time comes to an end when death pays them a visit and their position is compromised, forcing them to relocate deeper into the jungle.
“/.../ The idea of making a war film was interesting to me, but also a mirror to that time in your life that I think we’ve all shared and that’s a very peculiar, very conflicted time, which is that borderline moment between childhood and adulthood. Mirroring those two conflicts was something that seemed appealing to me.” (Alejandro Landes)
Acclaimed Brazilian director, producer, scriptwriter and journalist. Born in São Paulo in 1980, he grew up in Ecuador and Colombia. His documentary Cocalero screened to great success at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His debut feature film Porfirio premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011.