May 3 2017 15:33
Birds of a Passage the new film by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego finished the filming
With the new production by Ciro Guerra (Embrace of a Serpent), the director and production house Ciudad Lunar led by Cristina Gallego returned to La Guajira where they filmed in the past their other feature film “The Wind Journeys”.
Birds of a Passage (Pájaros de Verano) also represents the launching of Cristina Gallego as film director, co-directing this new movie.
The filming took place in La Guajira, Sierra Nevada in Santa Marta and Magdalena (Colombia) with a technical crew of 75 people. The production of this new feature film has taken to this filmmaking pair three years of development. They have spent ten weeks of pre-production and nine weeks of filming. Now, it will star the post-production stage in order to premiere it in 2018.
Birds of a Passage story is about an indigenous Wayúu family who is led by Rapayet Abucahibe and his mother-in-law Úrsula Pushaina, by telling their evolution during 10 years that transformed the country. The film is settled during smuggling and weed boom in Colombian’s Caribbean coast. This film is a coral telling.
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego have decided for this film to mix non-professional and professionals actors from TV and Theater in their country. The cast is led by Natalia Reyes and Carmiña Martínez, the debuting José Acosta and non-professional actor José Vicente Cotes as a Wayúu “palabrero” (a person in charge to administer justice). To this main casting is included other seven main characters, almost 2000 extras and 1000 animals used for this production. As happened with “Embrace of a Serpent” that was spoken in different native languages, something unprecedented in Colombia narrative cinema, Birds of a Passage (Pájaros de Verano) will be the first fictional film in wayuunaiki language, so it had the collaboration of some Wayúu and Wiwa ethnic communities.
About the filming the co-director and producer Cristina Gallego has said to local media: “We faced a filming that truly tested us at all levels: professional, physically and spiritually. As the desert, beautiful but rough; full of challenges and difficulties that we won through, by confirming the great human crew around us, making the impossible possible. We are motivated, empowered and filled with the necessary love and faith to tell our stories”. The exotic locations have become a dessert in a film studio, where were recreated landing strips and were used cars and airplanes of the time. The weed boom happened in Colombian’s Caribbean coast at the middle of 70’s and the beginning of 80’s.
Birds of a Passage is a co-production among Ciudad Lunar and Pimienta Films from Mexico. Films Boutique is also involved as international sales agent and the association with Caracol Cine, CineColombia and Labodigital.
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