Birds Of Passage

Tuesday 18 February 2020 8pm

Dir: Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland 2018

Language: Spanish with subtitles

Running time: 125 minutes Cert: 15A

Starring: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez, Greider Meza, José Vicente Cote

Supported By: The Westmeath Independent

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 indigenous Wayuu family. When Raphayet pursues Zaida for his bride, he cannot afford 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.

Festival showings:
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

"It's powerfully affecting fare; elegiac, evocative and profoundly cinematic."- Mark Kermiode, The Observer

"….poetic – and shocking…" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian