Birds of Passage

Past Event19 Jul - 25 Jul

Birds of Passage

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The Civic

Film

The ancient traditions of Columbia’s indigenous Wayuu are shaped by an ambitious matriarch to stake a place for her clan in the burgeoning drug economy of the 1970s. This spectacularly original film opens NZIFF18.

A vibrant Colombian indigenous culture that’s survived centuries of colonisation takes on the 1970s drug trade in our visually and aurally astounding opener. Directors Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent, NZIFF16) and Cristina Gallego shake off the clichés of crime-war and imperialism and imbue their saga with surreal beauty and the elemental power of ancient proverb.

The film’s formidable matriarch (Carmiña Martínez), knows full well that the young chancer (José Acosta) who has courted her daughter (Natalia Reyes) could only have paid the outrageous dowry she demanded by selling dope to the gringos. But the seed is sown: insisting traditional honour codes be observed in enrichening her clan, she bends her shamanistic authority to building an empire in the desert.

“Colombians are sick to the back teeth of filmmakers exploiting their troubled past, but Gallego and Guerra’s inspired take on the blood feud yarn and mob thriller is really unique and far from cheap genre thrills as it gets. Birds of Passage is an enthralling, powerful statement.” — Martyn Conterio, Cinevue

“This is an absolutely extraordinary film… You do not have to have Wayuu ancestry, or any connection to the region to understand the broader implications of this epic story of haunted drug lords and ruthless power grabs that are partly predicated on traditional beliefs and shibboleths. Guerra and Gallego’s film is no dusty period piece, it is wildly alive, yet it reminds us that no matter how modern we are, there are ancient songs our forebears knew whose melodies still rush in our blood.” — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“Hardly a scene goes by without something fundamentally familiar being rendered in a unique fashion.” —  Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

Birds of Passage - Official Trailer

Ticket Pricing

Thu 19 Jul, 7pm

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Early Bird Full (purchased before 19 July)
$17.5
Full (purchased from 19 July)
$18.5
Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Nurses*
$15.5
Community Services Card*
$15.5
Students *
$15.5
Senior (60+)
$12.5
Children (15 and under)
$12.5

Wed 25 Jul, 3.30pm

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Full
$15
Senior (60+)
$12.5
Children (15 and under)
$12.5

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Concession Discounts

Students, Film Society members, Industry Guild members and Community Service Card holders are entitled to purchase one ticket per session at the discount rate. Student/Membership /CSC ID is required – please ensure you bring it with you to the venue to present to staff on request; failure to do so will result in the full price being charged for attendance. Film Society “Three Film Sampler” holders are not entitled to the concession discount.
 

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