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Pájaros de verano

Fortnight 2018, Feature film, 2h05
World premiere


The origins of the Colombian drug trade, through the epic story of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s.
When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out that will put their lives, their culture and their ancestral traditions at stake.


Ciro Guerra

Born in Río de Oro (Colombia) in 1981. His first two films, La sombra del caminante and The Wind Journeys, were selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Locarno, winning 40 international awards. Both films were chosen as Colombia’s entry for the Oscars and were released commercially in 20 countries. Embrace of the Serpent is his 3rd film.

Cristina Gallego

Born in Bogotá in 1978, she graduated from Film School at the National University. In 2001, she created the company Ciudad Lunar together with Ciro Guerra producing his features La sombra del caminante, The Wind Journeys and Embrace of the Serpent. She also worked as a producer for directors such as Pedro Aguilera, Abner Benaim and Annemarie Jacir. She teaches at various film schools and has been invited as a speaker at the United Nations in Geneva.

Carmiña Martínez
Jhon Narváez
José Acosta
José Vicente Cotes
Juan Martínez
Natalia Reyes

Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde
According to an idea of
Cristina Gallego
David Gallego
Carlos Garcia, Claus Lynge
Set decoration
Angelica Perea
Miguel Schverdfinger
Leonardo Heiblum

Ciudad Lunar Producciones
Carrera 13 # 49 – 15 Oficina: 304
110011 Bogotá – Colombie
+57 30 0208 9948

Blond Indian Films (Colombie)
Pimienta Films (Mexique)
Snowglobe (Danemark)
Films Boutique (France)

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Presse  France
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Anne-Lise Kontz
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Presse Internationale
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Viviana Andriani
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Aurélie Dard
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Title in Original Version : Les Oiseaux de passage / Birds of Passage
Release date : 10 April 2019

Cannes projection

Théâtre Croisette
Wednesday, May 9 – 8.45 am

Théâtre Croisette
Wednesday, May 9 – 7.30 pm

Cinéma Le Raimu
Thursday, May 10 – 2 pm

Studio 13
Thursday, May 10 – 7 pm

Cinéma Alexandre III
Friday, May 11 – 7 pm

Cinéma Les Arcades / Salle 1
Friday, May 11 – 10.30 pm

Press release

A south-of-the-border drug epic like you’ve never seen before /// Variety

A gripping story /// Screen Daily

A beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions /// THR

Un « Scarface » tribal et halluciné en Colombie /// Le Monde

A Violent Crime Saga in the Desert /// IndieWire

Le mariage du cinéma grand public et du cinéma plus contemplatif et stoïque /// cinemateaser

Un “Scarface” chez les Indiens de Colombie /// Les Inrocks

Western chamanique dans le désert colombien /// Le Figaro

Entre thriller et tragédie grecque, fascinant de réalisme /// Culturebox

A sprawling tale of drugs, dowries and indigenous traditions /// The Guardian

‘Pájaros de verano’ arranca primeros aplausos en el Festival de Cannes /// El Tiempo

Une fresque très ambitieuse, ethnographique et shakespearienne /// Cineuropa

L’herbe comme un joint entre monde onirique et vénal /// L’Humanité