Birds of Passage

Showing: Sunday 10th November at 2.15pm 
Director: Cristina Gallgo & Ciro Guerra
Cast: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 2h 25m
Cert: 15

Erupting with colour, this south-of-the-border drug epic is based on actual events taking place from the 1960s-'80s, and is told in four roughly half-hour chapters, followed by a short epilogue. Co-directors Cristina Gallegos and Ciro Guerra previously made the Oscar-nominated “Embrace of The Serpent”, which depicts the interaction over several decades between indigenous Colombian people, including a formidable shaman, and Europeans.

Although reviewers used the term “psychedelic” to describe that film’s imaginative style, it examined important issues in Colombian cultural history from an informed and committed Colombian perspective. “Birds Of Passage” is a different beast though – almost Shakespearean in tone, its story is a vivid depiction of a fall from power, and the lures of excess, drugs & money, similar in feel & scope perhaps to the mighty “City Of God”.

Despite the violent nature of the impact of these drug wars however, the film is sensitively shot, swerving Hollywood-style action & sensationalist carnage scenes for an altogether more effective and realistic cinematographic style. Unforgettable filmmaking, and a must-see on the big screen.

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