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Video: Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra’s Birds of Passage | 2018 Cannes Film Festival

They tend to always begin with a strong section opening film, and Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra‘s Birds of Passage (review) did not disappoint as the official Director’s Fortnight 50th anniversary ribbon cutter. It’ll likely gain more traction than the world wide acclaim that Embrace of the Serpent received, the team employed the services of some strong female heroines in Colombian actress Natalia Reyes and Carmiña Martínez in what is a generational tale about blood being thicker than water under the guise of the drug trade. With symbolic references to flight and migration, this is a particularly arty and noteworthy timeline to the infiltration of greed. Here is the post screening world premiere Q&A in English and in Spanish with cast and the filmmakers.

Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra Birds of Passage Cannes

Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra Birds of Passage Cannes

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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