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Birds of Passage (Pajaros de Verano) : 17th May in UK cinemas

Birds of Passage (Pajaros de Verano) : 17th May in UK cinemas

From the filmmakers behind of the Oscar-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, BIRDS OF PASSAGE is a story about indigenous traditions and the corrupting forces of wealth and power, set against the backdrop of the Colombian marijuana boom of the 1970s. A film of both gangsters and spirits, corruption and fratricidal war, this is a thrilling depiction of the origins of the drug trade told through the story of an indigenous Wayuu family’s downfall when greed, passion and honour collide, putting their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake.

“We had a feeling that narcotics trafficking was a taboo for our society because people related Colombia to drugs. All history on it was told from an outsider point of view and from the point of view from Americans.
We wanted to tell a story from our point of view as a society.”
 
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, Directors of Birds of Passage

BIRDS OF PASSAGE opened the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and was amongst the final 9 shortlisted films in the category Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards. Ciro Guerra’s previous film EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT was the first Colombian film to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Picture. 

 

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