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Birds of Passage Rated 15

Birds of Passage

Dir. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra. Columbia, 2018. 2h 6m. Spanish/subs. Starring Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez, Greider Meza, José Vicente Cote.

Indigenous culture and ancestral traditions become corrupted by forces of wealth and power in this thrilling depiction of the origins of Columbia’s marijuana trade in the 1970s. An epic crime drama enriched with dreamlike sequences and absorbing cinematography from the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of Embrace of the Serpent.

‘This is film-making that really does push at the limits of storytelling and generic templates, and it's brimming with images and ideas.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘The film offers one of the most original and intelligent crime movies of recent years; the very idea that Birds of Passage, with its particular sensibility and thematic concerns, can be regarded as a crime movie at all feels radical.’ Demetrios Matheou, Sight and Sound Magazine