EXCLUSIVE: The new trailer for Birds of Passage, Colombia’s official entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar race, shows off the visual epicness of the drama directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra. The Orchard film is slated for release February 13 in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.
Tracing the origins of the Colombian drug trade as it slowly corrupts a native Wayúu family, Birds of Passage stars Jose Acosta, Carmiña Martínez and Natalia Reyes (the upcoming Terminator reboot). The film premiered as the opening-night selection of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in May and screened at Telluride and the Toronto and BFI film festivals. It recently won three Fenix Film Awards, including Best Fictional Film and Best Actress, and was nominated in 9 categories.
Gallego and Guerra made history with their 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar. Birds of Passage marks the directorial debut of Gallego, who produced Embrace of the Serpent. She also serves as producer of Birds of Passage alongside Katrin Pors and takes a Story By credit. This is the fourth feature film for co-director Ciro Guerra, who currently filming the adaptation of Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee’s classic novel Waiting for the Barbarians starring Robert Pattinson, Mark Rylance, and Johnny Depp.
Check out the poster for the film below.