The astounding, highly-anticipated new film from the creators of the Embrace of the Serpent tells the epic origin story of the Colombian drug trade through the unique perspective of a proud indigenous family.

Pájaros de verano
Director: Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego
Cast: Carmiña Martínez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narváez, Natalia Reyes, Jose Vicente Cotes, Juan Martínez, Greider Meza
Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia

CTCStrong violence and a sex scene



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Birds of passage

★★★★ 1/2
“Bold and brilliant. Absolutely breathtaking. Part anthropological study, part rise-and-fall epic and all-out mesmerizing, this regional spin on the “family business” saga makes you rethink the notions behind why we watch crime flicks past the vicarious thrills. It’s both foreign and familiar. It’s a capitalism-is-a-virus cautionary tale. It’s the sort of second-hand trip too close to the sun that reminds you why history repeats itself the minute human nature enters the picture. Three viewings in, I’m still flabbergasted by the scope and detail of this movie; three viewings from now, I’ll probably continue to be in awe.”
David Fear, ROLLING STONE

“Epic. Even as you may be reminded of other sweeping chronicles of fortunes made and souls undone by ambition and greed — your perception of the world is likely to be permanently altered. The experience made me think of some of my favourite movies, but it’s also like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A masterpiece. Destined to be among the year’s finest films. Exceptional in every respect, a transcendent experience that becomes far more than the sum of its individually brilliant parts. If Birds of Passage is showing anywhere in your city or town, don’t miss it. And if it’s not, tell your local theatre to request it, because films of such beauty and raw power deserve to be seen. “
Mark Hughes, FORBES

“Absolutely extraordinary. You do not have to have Wayuu ancestry, or any connection to the region to understand the broader implications of this epic story of haunted druglords and ruthless power grabs that are partly predicated on traditional beliefs and shibboleths. Guerra and Gallego’s film is no dusty period piece, it is wildly alive, yet it reminds us that no matter how modern we are, there are ancient songs our forebears knew whose melodies still rush in our blood.”
Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST

“Outstanding. Fascinating and consistently absorbing. The performances are superb, and the exotic and atmospheric landscapes are as dazzling as the action that unfolds.”
Gary M. Kramer, SALON.COM

“A genuine knockout. An epic drug-war movie that deals with indigenous cultures and the collapse of traditional values.”
Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

OFFICIAL SELECTION (COLOMBIA) – 2019 ACADEMY AWARDS
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION – 2018 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (DIRECTOR’S FORTNIGHT)
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION – 2018 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (IN COMPETITION)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The highly anticipated new film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s astounding BIRDS OF PASSAGE is an epic, visually exquisite story about the origin of the Colombian drug trade, told through the perspective of a proud indigenous family.

Guajira, Northern Colombia, 1970s. Wayuu tribe-member Zaida (Natalia Reyes) has come of age, leaving formidable matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez) with the important task of finding a suitable match. Her instincts warn her against young Rapayet (José Acosta), an ambitious man with strong links outside of the clan, but the word of his respected uncle Peregrino (José Vicente Cotes) carries weight, so she succedes, setting an outrageous dowry. The seed sown, Rapayet stumbles onto a plan with his flamboyant friend Moises and cousin Aníbal to sell marijuana to a visiting American. It’s the beginnings of a profitable new enterprise.
 
As the family rises to prominence, Ursula becomes increasingly complicit in her son-in-law’s business dealings, insisting traditional honour codes are respected and observed. But the trappings of wealth and power soon incite a war that threatens to tear them and their ancient traditions apart.

A unique sensory adventure, BIRDS OF PASSAGE, with its fascinating depiction of duelling tribal codes, rituals and beliefs, and the destabilising impact of outside influences, couldn’t be further removed from the time-honoured, rags-to-riches crime sagas of Western cinema. Almost mythical in its storytelling, this extraordinary film bursts with eye-popping traditional costumes and culture, an immersive atmosphere of surreal imagery, vivid sound design and glorious widescreen cinematography. It demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible.

MORE…
“Director Cristina Gallego On Making a ‘Godfather’-Style Crime Story That Honours the Wayúu” – Remezcla (11/10/2018).

“‘Birds of Passage’ Directors Say They Found the Real Story of Narco Trafficking From the Women, Not the Men” – Ms. Gallego & Ciro Guerra with The Wrap (16/11/2018).

Birds of Passage