Los Viajes Del Viento / The Wind Journeys (Colombia) director Ciro Guerra.

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Links

wikipedia/ The Wind Journeys

Cannes Film Festival (France)

Fermin Los Viajes Del Viento

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Colombia’s diverse and magnificent landscapes play a central role in Ciro Guerra’s second feature film, The Wind Journeys. The film tells the story of an accordion player, Ignacio Carrillo (Marciano Martínez), who has just experienced the sudden and traumatic death of his wife. Deeply depressed, he embarks on a quest through Colombia’s northern terrain to return his accordion to its rightful owner, his mentor. He is followed by young Fermín (Yull Núñez), who is determined to become Ignacio’s apprentice, despite Ignacio’s obvious lack of interest. Through this out-of-the-ordinary pair, Guerra creates an evocative homage to the charms of his home country and the music of its celebrated accordion players.
Although Ignacio vows never to play the instrument again, he eventually relents during a dramatic duel of song and verse in one of the villages he and Fermín pass through on their journey. A highlight of the film, the accordion duel is so dramatic and unexpected that it simply has to be experienced. The players are composing on the spot, making up verse as they go along and trying to out-rhyme one another. The music becomes more and more intense, and the back-and-forth drama continues until one musician is forced to submit. Electric and climactic, the sequence is one of many exhilarating moments in The Wind Journeys.

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Ignacio Carrillo (Marciano Martinez) has spent most of his life as a juglar, or minstrel. Now in his twilight years and still mourning his wife’s recent death, Ignacio vows never to play the accordion again, and sets out on his donkey to return the instrument to his mentor in northern Colombia. Tagging along for the trip is rootless, restless teen Fermin Morales (Yull Nunez), who longs to apprentice himself to Ignacio and learn to play the accordion — and later, the drum, though he demonstrates little talent for either instrument.

Though he’s too taciturn and withdrawn to be openly hostile toward his fellow traveler, Ignacio makes it amply clear that Fermin’s presence is unwelcome. Guerra’s script has its share of familiar elements — Fermin, no surprise, is in need of a father figure — but its most remarkable quality may be its fundamental honesty. The scribe never tries to force a bond between the two characters; nor does he take the easy route of supplying Fermin with latent musical abilities.

Yet despite the absence of conventional payoffs, drama and suspense are hardly in short supply. A drawn-out sequence in which Ignacio decides to break his vow, as he’s lured into a battle of escalating one-upmanship with an arrogant accordionist, proves enormously satisfying, and the story takes a believably harrowing turn when Ignacio is robbed and it falls to Fermin to recover the stolen instrument. The tale is enriched by myriad references to sorcery and other mystical undercurrents, the most resonant being an alleged curse on Ignacio’s distinctively crafted accordion.

Given little dialogue beyond his singing performances, gifted non-pro Martinez strongly inhabits a figure as tough and unyielding as the landscape, though in the grip of an unarticulated sorrow; Nunez has piercing moments as a young man trying to make something of himself. Local side characters, speaking a wide range of dialects, are well inhabited but generally portrayed as antagonistic.

As helmed by Guerra (avoiding the sophomore slump after his prize-winning 2004 debut, “La sombra del caminante”), “The Wind Journeys” unfolds at a slow but steady pace commensurate with that of its two leads, offering gorgeous but never unnecessary stops and detours along the way. Whether framing a hut on a cloud-wrapped hilltop or the cracked, parched ground of a desert, Paulo Andres Perez’s widescreen compositions often dwarf the characters in their sheer scale and grandeur, offering up the region’s desolate beauty as an object worthy of endless contemplation.

Ivan “Tito” Ocampo’s score subtly supports the film’s musical performances.

CREDITS

Camera (color, widescreen), Paulo Andres Perez; editor, Ivan Wild; music, Ivan “Tito” Ocampo; production designer, Angelica Perea; set decorator, Ramses Benjumea; costume designer, Camila Olarte; sound (Dolby Digital), Jose Jairo Florez; sound designer, Ranko Paukovic; casting, Juan Pablo Felix. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 21, 2009. Running time: 120 MIN.

PERSONAL & MAIN CHARACTERS

Marciano Martinez (Ignacio)

Yull Nuñez (Fermin)

Rosendo Romero, Beto Rada, Guillermo Arzuaga, Jose Luis Torres, Agustin Nieves, Erminia Martinez, Justo Valdez, Carmen Molina, Juan Bautista Martinez. (Spanish, Bantu, Wayunayky, Ikn dialogue)

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DIRECTOR

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Ciro Guerra

CIRO GUERRA

was born in Río de Oro, Colombia, and studied film and television at the National University of Colombia. After making several short films, he directed his feature debut, The Wandering Shadows (01). The Wind Journeys (09) is his second feature film.

“The rugged majesty of the Colombian landscape forms a spectacular widescreen backdrop for a simple, bittersweet tale of regret and companionship in The Wind Journeys. Awash in scenic vistas and infused with a touch of the supernatural, this beautifully judged two-hander tells the story of an aging accordion player and the young wannabe musician he’s reluctantly allowed to accompany him on his long trek north.”

Fest travel will take writer-director Ciro Guerra’s second feature far and wide, particularly in Latin American territories, and smart, venturesome distribs should be able to capitalize on the film’s abundant visual and emotional rewards.

Justin Chang on Ciro Guerra’s  Los Viajes del viento / The Wind Journeys. Variety

TRAILER & BEHIND THE SCENES

MARCIANO MARTINEZ en español

NORTE DE COLOMBIA (on location)

BATATA (brief story) en español

YULL NUÑEZ

PRODUCTION

ART DIRECTION

PHOTOGRAPHY

video page: Los Viajes Del Viento



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9 Responses to “Los Viajes Del Viento / The Wind Journeys (Colombia) director Ciro Guerra.”

  1. Christian Says:

    me encanta la perspecctiva de la pelicula

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