Párajos de verano | Running time 2h 5min | Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Colombia | Drama
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Monday, January 7, 2019
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From the Oscar®-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change.
In Spanish with English subtitles
Official Selection — Telluride, Toronto, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight
Separating Birds of Passage from any number of South American drug tales, from “Narcos” to 2017’s American Made, is its point of view, which is told from the perspective of the Wayuu people. Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra divide the film into five chapters…lending to the film’s large-scale sense of storytelling. The film’s glorious cinematography (hat tip to David Gallego) compliments the directors’ vision, makingBirds of Passage a film that flies as high as its ambition.
Adam Garham | Detroit News | Grade A- | Full review
Outstanding….Birds of Passage is closer in tone to “Narcos” than any telenovela….[directors Cristina] Gallego and [Ciro] Guerra keep the story consistently absorbing as the action plays out and the bodies pile up.
Gary M. Karmer | Salon | Full review
A beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions.
Jordan Mintzer | Hollywood Reporter | Full review
A visually stunning and often surprising true story that charts the rise of the Colombian drug business back before Escobar from its unexpected roots, among an indigenous clan in way over their heads.
Peter Debruge | Variety` | Full review