From director Lisandro Alonso, “Jauja” centers on Captain Gunnar Denisen (Mortensen) as he takes an engineering job with the Argentine army and brings along his 15-year-old daughter. She falls in love with a young soldier and, in the darkness of the night, runs away with him.
A sweeping Western set in the late 1800s, “Jauja” has received advanced praise from critics for its haunting imagery and Mortensen’s lead performance. The beautifully-compiled trailer, which finds Mortensen racing through plains, mountains and desert, progresses somewhat cryptically, which to those familiar with Alonso’s work should come as no surprise.
An excerpt of narration proclaims: “In the desert, one is alone.” Indeed a running theme here as Denisen is repeatedly battling the elements within immense, overpowering landscapes.
“Jauja” premieres on March 20 in New York, and on March 27 in Los Angeles. Check out the trailer in full below: