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Alonso's work will have its Middle East debut Friday evening at Metropolis Cinema, where it's being projected as part of ARTE Film Week.At the center of "Jauja" are the stories of a father and his teenage daughter far from home, Gunnar and Ingeborg Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen and Viilbjork Agger Malling). The events in which "Jauja" is vaguely set grounds it in the history of Alonso's native Argentina, but no country is ever named.Though there seems to be some long-term goal in mind (thus the presence of a Danish military surveyor) the soldiers themselves simply want to eradicate the local population of "coconut heads". That's the term favored by Lt. Pittaluga (Adrian Fondari), a horse breeder who confides to Dinesen that he would proudly swap one of his stallions for a go at Inge. When people are thrust into strange places, it tends to breed fantastical stories. Pittaluga's underling Corto (who also fancies Inge) testifies that Zuluaga has deserted the army and is now leading a band of thieving cutthroats.Dinesen awakes before dawn to find Inge is not in her cot."Jauja" will be projected at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil this Friday at 8:30 p.m. ARTE Film Week continues through Oct. 19 .
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