Cannes: The Orchard Nabs 'Birds of Passage' Featuring 'Terminator' Star Natalia Reyes

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'Birds of Passage'

The Colombian drug trade drama sparked the interest of Sony Pictures Classics, A24, Neon, Netflix and Oscilloscope.

The Orchard has made its first pickup of this year's Cannes market, acquiring North American rights to Birds of Passage.

The Spanish-language film, directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, was a hot commodity at the market, sparking the interest of Sony Pictures Classics, A24, Neon, Netflix and Oscilloscope.

The crime drama, which reunites the team behind the Oscar-nominated foreign-language feature Embrace of the Serpent (2015), chronicles the Colombia drug trade from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Natalia Reyes (the upcoming Terminator installment) stars alsongside Carmina Martínez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narvaez, Jose Vicente Cots, Juan Martínez and Greider Meza.

Birds of Passage made its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section earlier in the festival. The Hollywood Reporter's review called it "a beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions."