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Birds of Passage

(Rated MA15+)

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"Are you willing to give up everything just to have your revenge?"

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Overview

Guajira, Northern Colombia, 1970s. Wayuu tribe-member Zaida (Natalia Reyes) has come of age, leaving formidable matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez) with the important task of finding a suitable match. Though her instincts warn her against ambitious young Rapayet (José Acosta), the pair are soon to be wed. But when Rapayet and his friends stumble onto a plan to sell marijuana to visiting Americans, the trappings of sudden wealth and violent power soon incite a war that threatens to tear the two families and their ancient traditions apart.

“A breathtaking, moody, elegiac piece of work. Run, walk, crawl but go”
— The Sydney Morning Herald
"Bold and brilliant. Three viewings in, I’m still flabbergasted by the scope and detail of this movie; three viewings from now, I’ll probably continue to be in awe”
— Rolling Stone
"Unbelievably beautiful. A wonderful film experience"
— Margaret Pomeranz, Foxtel Arts
"Powerful. A ­gripping combination of ethnography and crime thriller"
— David Stratton, The Australian

Why You Should See This Film

An epic, visually exquisite story about the destabilising effect of Western influences on the rituals of a proud indigenous family, Birds of Passage is the latest masterpiece from the creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent. Named as Colombia’s official submission for the 2019 Academy Awards – after screening at Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival – this extraordinary story bursts with eye-popping costumes, surreal imagery, vivid sound design and glorious cinematography.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
  • Cast: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes
  • Duration: 125 minutes
  • Language: Spanish and Wayuu with English subtitles
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