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The follow-up to Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent (another wonderful recent South American feature), Birds of Passage is ‘a south-of-the-border drug epic like you’ve never seen before’ – Variety. Codirected by Cristina Gallego and set in the rural hinterland of Colombia, it traces the beginnings of the drug trade via a remote indigenous community where a young man is trying to raise the bride price for the woman he wants to marry. One small action leads to much bigger consequences which no one can control. The film is a superb evocation of a time and a place, beautifully portraying the spreading ripples of impact from one small area to the breadth of a continent. Not to be missed.

 

 

 

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Director
Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

Cast
Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes

Duration
125 min

Country
Colombia, DK, Mexico

Release year
2018

Subtitles
Yes

Short film
Plus: Two Balloons, Mark C Smith, USA, 9m

Preview screening courtesy of Curzon