The Wind Journeys

“This is the story of a journey,” explains Colombian director Ciro Guerra, whose gorgeous new film is a musical road trip across his country's remarkable, sadly underappreciated natural beauty. “For centuries we've asked ourselves: What keeps us apart? Now is time to ask what brings us together.” Ignacio is an elderly musician, traveling through the villages and over the mountains of northern Colombia playing his accordion, which according to superstition once belonged to the devil. When his wife passes away, Ignacio takes a final trip to return the accordion to its rightful owner, kept company by the restless Fermín, a young teenage fan who wants to learn the magic and mystery of music. Through cloud-capped mountains, parched deserts, and teeming forests, the two discover what life, and their country, has to offer. Tired, lonely, and holding onto a sorrow he cannot name, Ignacio has had enough of the migrant life of the musician, but for Fermín such a life still holds its allure-even if, in one of the film's many human touches, he barely possesses any actual talent. From spectacular natural grandeur to rural myths and legends, from accordion battles to other musical delights, The Wind Journeys offers far more than a tale of two men with different destinations on the same path. Infused with a dreamy sense of mysticism and a deep respect for its characters, visions, and nation, this heartfelt work pays tribute to the spirit, music, and culture of Colombia.

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