Birds of Passage

Times:

  • 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Colombia’s official 2019 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, this audacious drug-running drama plays as a sprawling exploration of loyalty, greed, and the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth. The film centers on the Wayúu indigenous peoples during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between a desire for power and his duty to uphold cultural values, Rapayet enters the drug-trafficking business in the 1970s. He finds quick success despite the disapproval of his tribe’s matriarch, Ursula. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. From the Oscar-­nominated team behind the genre­-defying Embrace of the Serpent, filmmakers Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra draw stunning performances from Carmiña Martínez and José Acosta, as they re-imagine the epic western by infusing it with visual surrealism. In Wayúu, Spanish, and English, with English subtitles.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Directors: Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
Colombia/Denmark/Mexico (2018) • 125 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: The Orchard

Reviews

"Gallego and Guerra’s inspired take on the blood feud yarn and mob thriller is really unique and far from cheap genre thrills as it gets. ‘Birds of Passage’ is an enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade’s inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them." — Martyn Conterio, CineVue
"Cinematographer David Gallego works wonders counterpointing the lush color of the Wayuu peoples’ clothing with the stark desert landscapes of the northern Guajira peninsula. There is also a notable aesthetic obsession with close-ups and brash music." — Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage
"Gallego and Guerra’s inspired take on the blood feud yarn and mob thriller is really unique and far from cheap genre thrills as it gets. ‘Birds of Passage’ is an enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade’s inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them." — Martyn Conterio, CineVue
"Cinematographer David Gallego works wonders counterpointing the lush color of the Wayuu peoples’ clothing with the stark desert landscapes of the northern Guajira peninsula. There is also a notable aesthetic obsession with close-ups and brash music." — Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.