News: The Orchard Acquires The Crime Drama Birds Of Passage

The Orchard has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Colombian crime Drama Birds Of Passage. It was directed Ciro Guerra (Embrace the Serpent) and his wife, Cristina Gallego, and Carmiña Martínez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narváez, Natalia Reyes, Jose Vicente Cots, Juan Martínez and Greider Meza.

The Spanish-language film chronicles a crime family involved in Colombia drug trafficking from the '60s through the ‘80s. In a prepared statement, co-directors Gallego and Guerro and producer Katrin Pors said that:

“The film was always conceived as a theatrical experience, and there’s really no better way to appreciate it than in the cinema. 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.”

It premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight last week to strong reviews. Variety film critic Peter DeBruge said that:

“These days, with Narcos on Netflix and Loving Pablo in theaters, South American drug stories are a dime a dozen, but you’ve never seen one like Birds of Passage, a visually stunning and often surprising true story that charts the rise of the Colombian drug business back before Escobar from its unexpected roots."

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, The Orchard’s EVP of Film and Television. “Cristina and Ciro have delivered something altogether special and unique that we are honored to be part of.”