The Ancient Ones said that Jauja was a mythological land of abundance and happiness. Many expeditions tried to find the place to verify this. With time, the legend grew disproportionately. People were undoubtedly exaggerating, as they usually do. The only thing that is known for certain is that all who tried to find this earthly paradise got lost on the way.
A remote military outpost in Patagonia, 1882, during the so-called “Conquest of the Desert” a genocidal campaign against the aboriginal population of the region. Acts of savagery abound on all sides. Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from Denmark 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 he wakes up the Captain realises what has happened and decides to venture into enemy territory to find the young couple. “Jauja” is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes us to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.
Drama | Western
Dir. Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/Denmark/France/Mexico/US/Germany/Brazil/Netherlands, 2014, 109 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger