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.
Feature (116mins) Drama | Colombia
Spanish with English subtitles
Ciro Guerra was born in 1981, and studied film at National University of Columbia. After directing a number of short films, Guerra wrote, directed and produced The Wandering Shadows (La sombra del carminante), his award-winning feature debut, in 2004. The Wind Journeys, his second feature-length film, was Columbia's official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards.