Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
El Abrazo de la Serpiente
“Something magical. One of the most beautiful films in a long time... It is a lament for what has been lost in the Amazon, and an eye-opener for what is still there. A major achievement”
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.
Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the story centres on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.
The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
WINNER - Directors' Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2015
WINNER - 8 Colombian Oscars - including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography and Sound
OFFICIAL SELECTION -Toronto Intl Film Festival 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION Sundance Film Festival 2016