The Wind Journeys (Los Viajes del Viento)

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2009
Duration 116 minutes
Type Dramatic feature
Country Colombia
Language Spanish, with English subtitles
Director(s) Ciro Guerra
Rating All Ages


Ignacio Carrillo spent much of his life travelling through northern Colombia singing vallenato, a popular form of folk music. He accompanied himself on his legendary accordion, said to be cursed by the devil. Eventually Ignacio got married and gave up his itinerant ways, settling in a small town. When years later his wife suddenly dies, Ignacio decides to make a trek to the coast, to return his accordion to its previous owner, his former teacher and mentor.

Accompanying Ignacio is Fermin, a boy with romantic notions of becoming a juglar—a wandering musician—as Ignacio once was. Ignacio tries to discourage Fermin, as the life of a juglar brings only solitude and sadness. As they travel the awesome landscape—through savannah, desert and forest, and over mist-wreathed mountains—man and boy share a series of almost mystical adventures. These adventures not only bring them closer together, but also closer to their journey’s haunting, unexpected end.

Trinidad & Tobago premiere.

Awards: Best Colombian Film, Best Director, Bogota Film Festival 2009; Award of the City of Rome, Cannes Film Festival 2009; Best Colombian Film, Cartagena Film Festival 2010; Best Spanish Language Film, Santa Barbara Film Festival 2010


Date: Tue 31 Aug, 2010
Category: ttff news and features

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