Colombian drama Birds of Passage is heading to the U.S. after The Orchard picked up North American rights. The company is to set a theatrical release for the picture, which is directed by by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerro, who produced and directed Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. The family saga details the impact of drug trafficking on an indigenous family and its culture starting in the 1970s. “This film was always conceived as a theatrical experience, and there’s really no better way to appreciate it than in the cinema,” said co-directors Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerro and producer Katrin Pors. “We are very happy that audiences will have the opportunity to see it the way it was intended, and that we have found a passionate distributor that loves and defends the art of cinema as much as we do.” “Birds of Passage swept us up immediately into an engrossing familial drama surrounded by a world bursting with stunning color and sound,” added Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP of Film and Television. “Cristina and Ciro have delivered something altogether special and unique that we are honored to be a part of.”

Tim Robbins has joined sci-fi action thriller A Patriot. The Shawshank Redemption star joins the Dan Pringle-directed feature, which is produced by White Lantern Film and Red & Black Films. The film, which is currently in pre-production, stars Eva Green, Kathy Bates, Ed Skrein and is financed by Umedia and Texit Films. It will be exec produced by Adrian Politowski, Peter Bevan, Tommaso Marzotto, Italo Marzotto, John Giwa-Amu and Angus Finney and produced by Adam J. Merrifield. The Exchange has worldwide rights and is selling in Cannes. Pringle said, “Tim is an icon of cinema who possesses a striking versatility. I’m delighted to welcome him to the team we’ve assembled for A Patriot.” Robbins is represented by ICM.