"The Wind Journeys" by Ciro Guerra at Cannes

Screening in Un Certain Regard Wind Journeys is the second feature-length film by Ciro Guerra. Born in Rio de Oro in 1981, he studied cinematography at the National University of Colombia. At the age of 20, after having directed multi-award-winning shorts, he wrote, produced, and directed his first feature, The Wandering Shadows, acclaimed at festivals all over the world.

“This is the story of a journey,” Guerra begins. “A journey towards the beginning, towards the spirit. Towards our soul. For centuries, we’ve asked ourselves: What keeps up apart? Now it is time to ask what brings us together.”

Ignacio Carrillo travelled all his life throughout the villages and regions of northern Colombia, carrying music and traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument that is said to be cursed, because it once belonged to the devil. As he became older, he got married and settled with his wife in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind. When she suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey to the Northern edge of the country, to return the accordion to the man who gave it to him, his teacher and mentor, so he will never play it again. On the way, he is joined by Fermín, a teenager who dreams of becoming a “juglar” like Ignacio, and to travel all around playing the accordion like he did. Tired of his loneliness, Ignacio accepts to be accompanied, and together they start the journey from Majagual, Sucre, to Taroa, beyond the Guajira desert, finding on the way the enormous diversity of the Caribbean culture and surviving all kinds of adventures. Ignacio will try to convince Fermín to take a different path in his life, having learned that his only led to solitude and sadness, but he will have to face the fact that destiny has different plans for him and his pupil.


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