The Wind Journeys

Directed by Ciro Guerra
Film Movement
2009
120 Minutes
Colombia, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands
Spanish
Coming of Age, Latin American, Music, Drama
Not Rated

For most of his life, Ignacio traveled the villages of Colombia, playing songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind. But after the death of his wife, he vows to never play the cursed accordion again and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its proper owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a feisty teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of solitude, Ignacio accepts him as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain. Hardened by a life of loneliness, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has other plans for them.

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  • "Enormously satisfying!"
    Justin Change, Variety
  • "Heartfelt without ever becoming sentimental, The Wind Journeys has a pure and honest simplicity that makes it wonderfully compelling."
    Diana Sanchez, Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • "Stunning widescreen landscapes, colourful musical interludes and sure human touch...."
    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
  • "Due to its achingly beautiful near David Lean style panoramic cinematography from lensman Paulo Andrews Perez, The Wind Journeys also manages to affect the viewer on a haunting, mythical level as though Guerra was channeling Wim Wenders' masterful nomadic effort Paris, Texas, all the while ensuring that instead of the American Southwest, what we were experiencing was genuinely Colombian with tributes to Caribbean storytelling and Vallenato musical culture."
    Jen Johans, Film Intuition