Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano)


Sequoia 2 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 3:30 PM
Century Larkspur Thu, Oct 11, 2018 8:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:125 min.
Director:Cristina Gallego
Ciro Guerra
Producer:Katrin Pors
Cristina Gallego
Screenwriter:Maria Camila Arias
Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
Cinematographer:David Gallego
Editor:Miguel Schverdfinger
Cast:Carmiña Martínez
Jhon Narváez
José Acosta
Natalia Reyes
José Vicente Cotes
Print Source:The Orchard
Note Writer:Carol Harada


Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (the luminous, Academy Award®-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, MVFF 2015) seamlessly blend gorgeous cinematography in the breathtaking wilderness of the Guajira desert and an atmospheric soundtrack to depict the escalating power struggle between two Wayuu clans in this drama based on an incredible and surprising true story that feels as timeless as a Shakespearean tragedy. During Colombia’s marijuana boom in the 1970s, a Wayuu family is torn between upholding indigenous values of aligned word and deed and amassing money, guns, and power. Prodigal son Rapayet (José Acosta) and seer matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez) try to have it both ways, teetering back and forth between tradition and profits. As the feud escalates and the families grow away from their customs—honoring their ancestors and living a spiritual life—in the increasingly modern world, the film barrels toward an explosive, surprising climax.

Additional Information

Born in Bogotá in 1978, Cristina Gallego studied film at the National University of Colombia. With Ciro Guerra, she created the company Ciudad Luna, and produced his features La Sombra Del Caminante (2004), The Wind Journeys (2009), and Embrace of the Spirit (2015). Among her other producing credits are Pedro Aguilera’s Sister of Mine (2017), Annemarie Jacir’s Wajib (2017), and Abner Benahim’s Ruben Blades Is Not My Name (2018). Gallego teaches at various film schools and has been invited as a speaker at the United Nations in Geneva and TED Talks Bogotá. Birds of Passage is her directing debut. "