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Birds of Passage – Watch the trailer for new Colombian drama


The Orchard has released the brand new trailer and poster for Birds of Passage, a sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth. Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, filmmakers of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar®, BIRDS OF PASSAGE traces the origins of the Colombian drug trade as it slowly corrupts a native Wayúu family. The film stars Wayúu descendants Jose Acosta and Carmiña Martínez alongside rising Colombia star Natalia Reyes (of the upcoming TERMINATOR reboot) and is stunningly shot by longtime collaborator David Gallego (EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT; I AM NOT A WITCH).

Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s to secure a dowry to marry Zaida (Reyes) and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Raphayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honour is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE opened Directors’ Fortnight at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with glowing reviews, and subsequently screened at the Telluride, Toronto and BFI London film festivals. Recently it won three Fenix Film Awards, including Best Fictional Film and Best Actress, and was nominated in a total of nine categories.

The film marks the directorial debut of prolific producer Cristina Gallego, who also produces the film alongside Katrin Pors and takes a Story By credit. It is the fourth feature film – and fourth to be selected as Colombia’s Official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film – for co-director Ciro Guerra, who is currently helming the film adaptation of Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee’s classic novel Waiting for the Barbarians starring Robert Pattinson, Mark Rylance and Johnny Depp. The Orchard will release BIRDS OF PASSAGE on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in New York and on Friday, February 15 in Los Angeles, with a nationwide roll out to follow.

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