EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Colombian-Ecuadorian director, writer and producer Alejandro Landes in all areas. The move comes as he readies his most recent feature film, Monos, for its world premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival, followed by an international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Set on a remote mountaintop somewhere in Latin America, Monos revolves around a rebel group of teenage commandos who perform military training exercises while watching over a political prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as “The Organization.” After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse. Julianne Nicholson and Moises Arias lead an ensemble cast. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the domestic sale of Monos alongside Le Pacte.

Landes made his directorial debut with Cocalero, a documentary about Bolivian coca grower Evo Morales and his unlikely campaign to become the country’s first indigenous president. It premiered at Sundance 2007 and was theatrically released in over 20 countries.

Landes was later selected for Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Lab fellowships and a Cannes Cinéfondation residency, where he wrote, directed and produced his first fiction feature, Porfirio. It went on to win top prizes at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 among other fests.

In addition to filmmaking, the Brazilian-born Landes has a passion for architecture and designed a modernist house in Miami, Casa Bahia, which won him an Architizer A+ Award in 2016.