Cristina Gallego

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Cristina Gallego is a Colombian producer, writer and director.


Gallego began her career in 2004 producing Wandering Shadows, a film by her then husband Ciro Guerra.

Cristina Gallego en los Premios Fénix 2018.jpg

In 2009 while producing another Guerra film The Wind Journeys the pair befriended members of the Wayuu community. They spent the following ten years researching material for their film Birds of Passage which follows a Wayuu family as they abandon traditions and fall into the drug trade. Gallego made her directorial debut with the film which she codirected with Guerra. The film premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] It was selected as the Colombian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards,[3][4] making the December shortlist.[5]

In 2019 she announced she would team up with Guerra again to co-direct the miniseries Cortes.

Personal life

Gallego was formerly married to writer-director Ciro Guerra. They have two children. The couple divorced during the filming of Birds of Passage which they co-directed.[6]

Her brother is cinematographer David Gallego.


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  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (17 April 2018). "Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lineup Boasts Colombia's 'Birds of Passage,' Nicolas Cage in 'Mandy'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Colombia eligió las películas que representarán al país en los premios 'Goya' y 'Oscar'". El Heraldo. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ Erbland, Kate (29 August 2018). "'Birds of Passage': Colombia Selects Cannes Breakout as Foreign Language Film Submission — Exclusive". IndieWire. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Academy Unveils 2019 Oscar Shortlists". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ Kohn, Eric. "'Birds of Passage' Directors Got Divorced While Shooting — and Still Made a Masterpiece".
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