Ignacio Carrillo travelled all his life throughout the villages and regions of northern Colombia, carrying music and traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument that is said to be cursed because it once belonged to the devil. As he became older, he got married and settled with his wife in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind.
When his wife suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey to the Northern edge of the country, to return the accordion to the man who gave it to him, his teacher and mentor, so he will never play it again. On the way, he is joined by Fermín, a young half-blood black man, who dreams of becoming a “juglar” like Ignacio, and to travel all around playing the accordion like he did.
Tired of his loneliness, Ignacio accepts to be accompanied, and together they start the journey from Majagual, Sucre, to Taroa, beyond the Guajira desert, finding on the way the enormous diversity of the Caribbean culture, surviving all kinds of adventures and discovering the mix of breeds and cultures that gave birth to the music they play. Ignacio will try to convince Fermín to take a different path in his life, having learned that his only led to solitude and sadness, but he will have to face the fact that destiny has different plans for him and his pupil.
Director & screenwriter: Ciro Guerra
Producer: Ciudad Lunar Producciones
Co-producers: Cine Ojo Primer Plano | Razor Film | Volya Films | ZDF
Editor: Ivàn Wild
Director of photography: Paulo Andrés Pérez
Sound engineer: José Jairo Flórez
Sound designer: Ranko Paukovic
Composer: Ivàn ‘Tito’ Ocampo
World Cinema Fund | Cinéfondation L’Atelier | Hubert Bals Fund | Rotterdam Fund | Fondo para el Desarrollo Cinematogrà!co-Colombian Fund | Programma Ibermedia | Rotterdam Media Fund | Universidad Nacional de Colombia | Gobernación del Cesar | INCAA | ARTE
Cannes 2009 | International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010 | Miami 2010 | Munich | SANFIC | Toronto | San Sebastian | Rio de Janeiro | Bogota | Abu Dhabi | BFI Times London | Hong Kong | Jerusalem