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Colombia’s Caracol TV Boards Ciro Guerra’s ‘Birds of a Passage’

Principal photography targeted for February

Colombia’s Caracol TV has boarded “Birds of a Passage” (“Pajaros del Verano”), the upcoming pic by Ciro Guerra whose black and white Amazon fable “Embrace of the Serpent” made Colombian film history by snagging a Foreign-Language Oscar nomination this year.

Caracol was also an investor on “Embrace of the Serpent,” which swept the 2016 Platino Awards held at Punta del Este, Uruguay on July 24, winning seven major plaudits including best picture, director, and cinematography.

“Once you’ve invested in a movie that has paid off so handsomely, it’s very hard to say ‘no’ to the filmmaker’s next film,” said Alejandro Toro, Caracol head of co-productions.

Guerra is an official selection juror at the 20th Lima Film Festival, which runs Aug. 5-13.

“Embrace of the Serpent’s” Argentine producers MC Productions and Buffalo Films and Mexico’s Pimienta Films will also be boarding “Birds of a Passage.” “Embrace’s” international sales agent, the Berlin-based Films Boutique, has also signed on again.

Budgeted at $1.8 million, “Birds” spans the years between 1968 and 1980, and will require eight weeks of pre-production in the La Guajira desert where Guerra shot his second feature, “Wind Journeys.” Described as a Colombian “western,” “Birds” will entail the use of animals, period costumes, and various sets, said its producer, Cristina Gallego, at Ciudad Lunar.

Principal photography begins in February and is expected to run for two months. Gallego is not expecting an easy shoot given the extreme conditions of the desert but the sacrifice will be well worth it. “We want to make artistic and original films that are accessible to the mainstream,” said Gallego. “Birds” is based on an idea by Gallego, and on a screenplay by Maria Camila Arias and Jacques Toulemonde, the latter a co-scribe on “Embrace of the Serpent,”

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