The new film by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT) spans decades in the life of an indigenous Colombian tribe as their way of life is corrupted and violently upturned by the monetary influx of the ganja trade. A devastating critique of American-style capitalism wrapped in a pulsing, violent, GOODFELLAS-style epic.
“The movie is a knockout.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“In its informed use of hallucinatory indigenous folktales, BIRDS OF PASSAGE spans a rich emotional spectrum as it places the familiar would-be drug lord narrative underneath an anthropological microscope.” – Brian Thompson, Film Threat
“Even as you may be reminded of other sweeping chronicles of fortunes made and souls undone by ambition and greed — GIANT, THE GODFATHER, even BREAKING BAD — your perception of the world is likely to be permanently altered. The experience made me think of some of my favorite movies… but it’s also like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
“Three viewings in, I’m still flabbergasted by the scope and detail of this movie … and in awe of the way its unique cover version of a crime-doesn’t-pay story totally pays off.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone