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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Pájaros de verano (Birds of Passage) (2019 Feature Film)

Cristina Gallego | Ciro Guerra | Colombia, Denmark, Mexico | 2018 | color | DCP | 125' | Spanish, English, Wayunikee | e.s.

A fascinating mix of native drama and hard-boiled crime film about the age-old traditions of the Colombian Waayu people and the destructive effects of the drugs trade. Once their lives were simple and clear, but in the late 1960s drugs introduced money – and violence.

he north of Colombia in the late 1960s. During a village ceremony on an expanse of desert, Rapayet is captivated by the beautiful Zaida. But in order to marry her, he needs a large dowry. In the first 20 minutes, Pájaros de verano seems to be building up to a calm drama about the centuries-old family traditions of the Waayu people. But this is only half the story in this Colombian submission for the Oscars.

While the elderly women continue to pursue their mystic rituals, Rapayet and members of a family he knows see an opportunity to earn money by smuggling and selling large consignments of marijuana. And with the drugs and the money, comes the violence. In five breathtakingly shot chapters, the traditional Colombia changes into an arena of drugs, greed, revenge and blood. This makes Pájaros de verano a portrayal of the start of the Escobar era.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 19:45

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 18:30

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 13:15

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
2019
Director
Cristina Gallego
Ciro Guerra
Camera
David Gallego
Cast
Carmiña Martínez
Jhon Narváez
José Acosta
Natalia Reyes
José Vicente Cotes
Greider Meza
Juan Bautista
Country
Colombia
Denmark
Mexico
Editor
Miguel Schverdfinger
Language
Spanish
English
Wayunikee
Length
125'
Music
Leonardo Heiblum
Producer
Cristina Gallego
Katrin Pors
Eva Jakobsen
Nicolás Celis
Production Company
Ciudad Lunar Producciones
Blond Indian
Snowglobe
Pimienta Films
Production Design
Angelica Perea
Sales
Films Boutique
Scenario
Maria Camila Arias
Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
Sound Design
Carlos García
Year of Production
2018
Cristina Gallego

Cristina GALLEGO (1978, Colombia) is a producer, editor and director. After completing her studies in film and marketing, she worked as a producer of educational and cultural television at the National University of Colombia. Together with director Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego founded Ciudad Lunar. The company produced several acclaimed feature films. Gallego and Guerra were nominated for an Oscar for their efforts on El abrazo de la serpiente (2015). The duo's feature Pájaros de verano (2018) has taken home a number of awards, including Best Film in London.

Ciro Guerra

Ciro GUERRA (1981, Colombia) is a director and screenwriter. He studied Film and Television at the National University of Colombia. Aged 20, after directing four award-winning short films, he wrote, produced and directed La sombra del maninante (2004). This feature directorial debut was selected for film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. Together with producer Cristina Gallego, Guerra founded Ciudad Lunar. The company produced several acclaimed feature films. Gallego and Guerra were nominated for an Oscar for their efforts on El abrazo de la serpiente (2015). The duo's feature Pájaros de verano (2018) has taken home a number of awards, including Best Film in London.
 

Filmography

Cristina Gallego:
Pájaros de verano/Birds of Passage (2018)

Ciro Guerra:
(selection) La sombra del maninante/The Wandering Shadows (2004), Los viajes del viento/The Wind Journeys (2009), El abrazo de la serpiente/Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Pájaros de verano/Birds of Passage (2018)