Director: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Cast: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez, Greider Meza, José Vicente Cote125 minutes, Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, 2018, 15A
From the Directors of Embrace of the Serpent comes this tale of the Colombian marijuana trade of the 1960/70s and a resulting tribal war, which through greed and corruption caused the downfall of a respected indiginous Wayuu family.
When Raphayet persues Zaida for his bride, he cannot affgord the dowry. A chance deal with some Peace Corp volunteers to supply them with marijuana, helps him secure the marriage but starts the family on a tragic path. As tradition, superstition, crime and distrust meet head on, family loyalties crumble resulting in dishonour and bloodshed.
Visually stunning and based on actual events, Birds of Passage is a meandering, breathtaking family drama.
It’s powerfully affecting fare; elegiac, evocative and profoundly cinematic. Mark Kermiode, The Observer.
Cannes Film Festival 2018
Locarno Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018
…this is an engrossing narco-thriller which deftly balances the storytelling tradition of the Wayuu with the genre conventions of the crime movie and the western. Wendy Ide, Screendaily
★★★★….poetic – and shocking… Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian