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Birds of Passage (2018)

Pájaros de verano (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 13 February 2019 (USA)
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During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

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Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal (as Jacques Toulemonde) | 1 more credit »
31 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmiña Martínez Carmiña Martínez ... Úrsula
José Acosta José Acosta ... Rapayet
Natalia Reyes ... Zaida
Jhon Narváez Jhon Narváez ... Moisés
Greider Meza Greider Meza ... Leonídas
José Vicente José Vicente ... Peregrino (as José Vicente Cote)
Juan Bautista Martínez Juan Bautista Martínez ... Aníbal
Miguel Viera Miguel Viera ... The Pupil
Sergio Coen Sergio Coen ... Singing Shepherd
Aslenis Márquez Aslenis Márquez ... Indira
José Naider José Naider ... Miguel Dionisio
Yanker Díaz Yanker Díaz ... Leonidas as a Child
Víctor Montero Víctor Montero ... Isidoro
Joaquín Ramón Joaquín Ramón ... Gabriel
Jorge Lascarro Jorge Lascarro ... Sigifredo
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During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

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Generations of tradition. Consumed by greed. (US release poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The directors, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, were a married couple, but divorced during production of the film. See more »

Quotes

Victoria's Grandmother: Dreams prove the existence of the soul.
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Crazy Credits

Acknowledgements include: "A Santa Marta, la Virgen de la Candelaria y de la Guadalupe. Al amor que todo lo puede." See more »

Soundtracks

El Gavilán Mayor
Written by Hernando Marin Lacouture
Performed by Yull Núñez, Oscar Gamarra, Yeiner Mejía, Wilmer Rodríguez
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A stylish and memorable film
13 October 2018 | by soundoflightSee all my reviews

This film was not what I expected. And I mean that in the most positive way possible. What I expected was another rehashing of the Colombian drug cartel wars / gun fights / Pablo Escobar type stuff, and while there is certainly some of that here, the film is so much more than that.

This film takes you to a remote and little known corner of northern Colombia and immediately immerses you in the local culture. I hope this is not a spoiler but I was left speechless by the simple fact that Spanish is not actually the language being spoken in most of the film - instead it's the regional native dialect of the tribes-people that the film follows. Being completely foreign to Colombia, this was all new and fascinating to me. The film does a wonderful job portraying these proud people and their culture, and how the larger Colombian "drug" culture seeps in with its temptations of money and power. The lesson of what happens when those two mix is a timeless one.

The landscapes of the film are stunning, and I particularly appreciated the cinematography. But perhaps my favourite thing about the film was it's heavy use of spirituality and what I can only describe as "magical realism" transposed into film. I thought it was brilliantly done.

This is one of my favourite films I've seen this year, hands down.


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Official Sites:

Ciudad Lunar | Official Facebook | See more »

Language:

Wayuu | Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birds of Passage See more »

Filming Locations:

La Guajira, Colombia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,082, 17 February 2019

Gross USA:

$507,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,517,405
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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