Opening & Closing
Birds of Passage
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra • Colombia • 125min
Fri. Oct. 26 • 7:30pm
In 1970s La Guaira, Colombia, an indigenous Wayuu family gets swept up in the newly-booming marijuana trade. When greed and passion overtake their tribe’s honor, their lives and ancestral traditions are forever fractured. This is the original story of the inception of the drug trade between US and Colombia that led to the socio-political turmoil Colombia and South America at large face now.
A Cannes audience was lucky to first experience the brilliant return of Gallego and Guerra—and now it’s our turn. Making 180° turns in both visual style and narrative form, Birds of Passage feels almost like a reimagining of Scarface by Scorcese instead of DePalma: Less rage, more characters, and an authentic, more grounded-in-reality view of a drug cartel’s destruction of ancestral culture. It avoids the nauseating tendency to glamorize the subject matter (we’re looking at you, Netflix’s Narcos). Once again, Gallego and Guerra transcend their subject matter to tell a story that resonates well beyond the story itself, with some of the most powerful visuals we’ve seen this year.
Birds of Passage
Victor Danell • Sweden • 129min
Sun. Nov. 4 • 8:00pm
While Alex attempts to reconnect with the long lost love of his youth, a series of strange events unfold—each bizarre occurrence leading to the next until it culminates in a declaration of war by a belligerent foreign country. Carried on by his quest for love, Alex must also find his family and save them from the war. This epic adventure pushes him to overcome each obstacle and face the deepest, darkest corner of his past.
Scandinavia has produced some of recent years’ most impressive action films with a healthy dose of heart—from The Wave (2015) to The Quake (2018)—redefining what it means to be a blockbuster in the global market. Following in this grand tradition, Crazy Pictures takes us by storm with this genre blurring piece of cinema. It expertly navigates the arthouse drama landscape while using a backdrop of a war, as metaphorical elements enhance the frustration of the protagonist. THE UNTHINKABLE will make you think, cringe, laugh out loud, and cry, all in the span of a second. You’ll be talking about this perfect IF8 closing film for months to come.