2019 Oscar Shortlist For 'Best Foreign Language Film'
Directed By Academy Award Nominated Filmmaking Duo Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego (Embrace Of The Serpent)
"Even as you may be reminded of other sweeping chronicles... “Giant,” “The Godfather,” even “Breaking Bad”, your perception of the world is likely to be permanently altered."
"The impact of modern vice upon the Wayuu is a captivating tale never told before,
and the final few minutes are brutal in the best possible way."
"Outstanding.... Birds of Passage is closer in tone to Narcos than any telenovela....
Gallego and Guerra keep the story consistently absorbing as the action plays out
and the bodies pile up."
"A beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions."
"You feel for these fathers, mothers and children as they endure their mythic rise and fall, but the ruthless, eternal cycle of violence begetting violence leaves no room for sentimentality."
"fascinating tone poem about
Colombia’s fractured identity"
"Birds Of Passage Is A Colombian Crime Saga Masterpiece.... a Colombian Godfather"
"A visually stunning and often surprising true story that charts the rise of the Colombian drug business back before Escobar from its unexpected roots, among an indigenous clan in way over their heads."
"You’ve Never Seen a Gangster Movie
Like This Before"
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Directed by: Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego
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Synopsis: From the Oscar-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history.
Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.
A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change.
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