Birds of Passage

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“It unfolds as a kind of dynastic rise-and-fall story, a Colombian GODFATHER spanning the late ’60s and ’70s, divided into 5 lyrically named chapters, or “cantos”: Wild Grass, The Graves, Prosperity, The War and Limbo. This is an absolutely extraordinary film. With the stunning EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT,” Ciro Guerra did a mournfully psychedelic job of imagining the tragedy of colonialism as a long, drawn-out process more defined by the inevitable transformation of an ancient way of life than its annihilation, as though the modern era was hallucinated into being by a past that, as Faulkner said, is not dead; it is not even past. And with BIRDS OF PASSAGE, the new film Guerra co-directed with his EMBRACE producer and partner Cristina Gallego, that beautiful and strange project is continued and expanded upon, into the troubled and often violent Colombia of the late 20th century, an era when airplanes and mirrored sunglasses and foreign exploitation commingled with the beads and silks and superstitions of tribal life, and gave rise to the phenomenon we recognize today as the Colombian drug trade.”—Jessica Klang, The Playlist. In English and in Wayuu and Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 125 Min.