The Wind Journeys
Film Title (Original): Los Viajes Del Viento
Film Title (Spanish): Los Viajes Del Viento
Film Title (In English): The Wind Journeys
Country Of Origin: Colombia
Year Of Completion: 2009
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Format/Color/Bw: Widescreen, Color
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: N/A
Rating: PG
Director: Ciro Guerra
Executive Producers:
Producers: Diana Bustamante, Cristina Gallego
Co-producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Denis Vaslin
Screenwriter: Ciro Guerra
Camera: Paulo Andres Perez
Editor: Ivan Wild
Music: Ivan "Tito" Ocampo
Cast: Marciano Martinez, Yull Nunez, Rosendo Romero, Beto Rada, Guillermo Arzuaga, Jose Luis Torres, Agustin Nieves, Erminia Martinez, Justo Valdez, Carmen Molina, Juan Bautista Martinez.
Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard, 2009

Ciro Guerra, Born in 1981 in the Alta Guajira region where The Wind Journeys takes place. Ciro Guerra is a Colombian film director and screenwriter. He was raised in contact with the oral tradition of his country, its myths, legends, and music. Guerra’s first feature was The Wandering Shadows (2004).

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 film tells the story of an aging accordion player and the young musician he has reluctantly allowed to accompany him on his long trek north.

Ignacio (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 (Yull Nunez), who longs to apprentice himself to Ignacio and learn to play the accordion.

Though he's too taciturn to be openly hostile toward his fellow traveler, Ignacio makes it amply clear that Fermin's presence is unwelcome.

Guerra's script never tries to force a bond between the two characters; nor does he take the easy route of supplying Fermin with latent musical abilities. Shot 90% in natural light, the visual concept of The Wind Journeys captures music as an expression of man’s relationship with nature. World Premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009