Cannes Film Fest 2018: Birds of Passage, Directed by Guerra (Embrace the Serpent) and Gallego

The Orchard has acquired American distribution rights to Birds of Passage out of the 2018 Cannes Film Fest.

The Spanish-language film directed Ciro Guerra (“Embrace the Serpent”) and his wife, Cristina Gallego, chronicles a crime family involved in Colombia drug trafficking from the 1960s through the 1980s.

“The film was always conceived as a theatrical experience, and there’s really no better way to appreciate it than in the cinema,” said co-directors Gallego and Guerro and producer Katrin Pors in a statement. “We are very happy that audiences will have the opportunity to see it in the way it was intended, and that we have found a passionate distributor that loves and defends the art of cinema as much as we do.”

The film’s cast includes actors Carmiña Martínez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narváez, Natalia Reyes, Jose Vicente Cots, Juan Martínez and Greider Meza.

Guerra’s last feature, 2015’s “Embrace the Serpent,” received a best foreign language film Oscar nomination.

“‘Birds of Passage’ swept us up immediately into an engrossing familial drama surrounded by a world bursting with stunning color and sound,” said Paul Davidson,  executive VP of film and television of The Orchard.  “Cristina and Ciro have delivered something altogether special and unique that we are honored to be part of.”

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