BIRDS OF PASSAGE (Pájaros de verano) (13 February 2020)

Best Film  Honourable Mention, London Film Festival 2018.  

Director: Christina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

Cast: Carmina Martinez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes

Colombia          Spanish, English            subtitles            125 minutes

UK release date: May 2019

Based on actual events from the 1960s-’80s , this film grafts docudrama on to drug lord turf war epic, mixing professional and non-professional actors. An indigenous family gets involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

“A startling and intriguing movie … This is film-making that really does push at the limits of storytelling and generic templates, and it’s brimming with images and ideas.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“The screenwriters’ way of describing this world’s fall from grace due to the lures of money and luxury has the power and inevitability of classic tragedy. It could be Greek or Shakespearean, though it is palpably modern and Colombian.” – Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

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