Sunday, 12 May 2019

June - Birds of Passage - Connaught Cinema, Monday 17th

June's film from Colombian directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra is Birds of Passage (2018).

Doors open: 8.15pm
Tickets: free to members / £7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students

Connaught Cinema on Monday 17th June

WFC are proud to present Birds of Passage from the Oscar nominated team behind the genre-defying and brilliant Embrace of the Serpent. It is an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Rotten Tomatoes called it ‘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.’

Based on real events and viewed through the lens of the Wayúu people Birds of Passage tells the tale of the origins of the Colombian drug trade. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture's values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s. Ignoring ancient omens, he and his family get caught up in a conflict where honour is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.

Drawing on the traditions, history and tropes of the gangster movie, it nevertheless manages to render the familiarity of those things at once familiar yet unfamiliar and unique. The film eschews the violence of its Hollywood counterparts, instead choosing to broaden out the canvass and reflect on the devastating after effects both physically and spiritually on the tribe, rather than the actual violence.

Made by using many actors and extras of the actual Wayúu tribe (30% of the film team were from the same tribe also), it totally immerses us in the culture and traditions of the Wayúu, lending the film an authenticity and strange power. Cleverly and knowingly the film uses elements of magical realism and the the influence of Gabriel García Márquez, whose maternal family was Wayúu and his “One Hundred Years of Solitude” includes numerous Wayúu influences and weaves them seamlessly into the script. Helped no end by the ravishing cinematography of David Gallego whose vision lends a sense of the poetic and the grand to the proceedings, and beautifully complimented by the evocative score by Leonardo Heiblum it is a visual feast for the eyes and a thoughtful meditation on old versus new and modernity versus tradition and the nature of change. 

Bold, beautiful and striking we can’t wait to screen it! Watch the trailer

'Colombia’s entry in the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the Oscars, has a sweeping, epic-like quality despite its rustic setting. It ruminates on larger issues about the role in fate in our lives and the clash between tradition and modernity. The result is a mystical, sorrowful and well-executed tale.' Bruce DeMara Toronto Star

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at to join) or £5 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here