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The Wind Journeys (2009)
"Los viajes del viento" (original title)

 -  Drama | Music  -  30 April 2009 (Colombia)
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A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher.

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Credited cast:
Marciano Martínez ...
Ignacio Carrillo
Yull Núñez ...
Fermin Morales
Agustin Nieves ...
Ninz
Jose Luis Torres ...
Meyo
Carmen Molina ...
Tendera
Erminia Martinez ...
Mujer Guajira
Justo Valdez ...
Batata
Juan Batista Martinez ...
Marimbero Mayor
Hector Brito ...
Alvaro Figueras
Guillermo Merlo ...
Cowhand 1
Clemente Herrera ...
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Nibaldo 'Niveo' Vergara ...
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Guillermo Arzuaga ...
Efrain Hernandez
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For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture. Hardened by a life of solitude, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them. Written by Los Angeles Latino Film Festival

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Not the tourists' Colombia
14 July 2010 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Los viajes del viento (2009), shown in the U.S. as The Wind Journeys, was written and directed by Ciro Guerra.

This movie was fascinating to me because it opened up windows to a culture and a music with which I'm not familiar. The setting is rural northeastern Colombia, and the music is vallenato, in which the primary instrument is the accordion.

Los viajes is basically a road movie. The story is that a young man follows an older vallenato master as he wanders through rural Colombia, attempting to return an accordion which has mystical properties.

The plot consists of the people they meet, and the experiences they encounter on the journey.

Being unfamiliar with the region and its music, I can't comment on how accurately these are portrayed. The relationship between the man and the boy certainly doesn't conform to the feel-good connection that would surely develop in a U.S. film. Also, the entire movie is more like fantasy than realistic fiction or documentary. However, I admit that people from the region could say, "Actually, that's the way it is."

This is an unusual and fascinating movie, and definitely worth seeing. It will work better on a large screen than a small one, but it will be worth seeking out in either format. (We saw it at the Rochester 360-365 film festival which, despite its ridiculous name, is an excellent event.)


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