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At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers 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-Grünberg 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.

  • Director: Ciro Guerra
  • Country: Colombia | Venezuela | Argentina
  • Genre: Drama | Adventure
  • Year: 2016
  • Run Time: 02:04:27
  • imdb Score: 8.2/10 (1,691 votes)
  • Language: Spanish | Portuguese | German
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Nicolás Cancino
"The director’s third film, it is the more remarkable for being shot in black and white, with one brief color sequence near the end. Beautiful isn’t a strong enough word to describe its scenes of the heaving waters of the Amazon and its tributaries, on which two explorers, separated by more than 30 years, navigate in canoes, accompanied by a shaman, Karamakate...“Embrace of the Serpent” is potentially life-changing."
Stephen Holden - NEW YORK TIMES

"EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is simply a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really. It's an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world."
Jessica Kiang - THE PLAYLIST

"Colombian director Ciro Guerra's EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is a legitimate stunner, a river-trip that will mesmerize and jack with you, leaving you not quite certain, at its end, how to go about the rest of your day."
Alan Scherstuhl - VILLAGE VOICE

"This is that rare film that has the power to transform, to shake one’s belief system so thoroughly that one feels like a slightly different person walking out of the theater."
Collin Brennan - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

AWARDS

Nominated for 1 Academy Award 2016
Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival 2015
C.I.C.A.E. Award

Lima Latin American Film Festival 2015
Best Film and Critic Award

Pacific Meridian Int'l Film Festival of Asia Pacific Countries 2015
Best Director

Mar del Plata Film Festival 2015
Best Film

Odessa Int'l Film Festival 2015
Cine Latino Award - Best Director

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2015
Best Natrrative

Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2016
Directors to Watch

Int'l Film Festival of India 2015
Best Film

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2015

San Sebastian Int'l Film Festival 2015

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2015

New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2015

Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2015

New Horizons Film Festival 2015

Sarajevo Film Festival 2015

St. Louis Int'l Film Festival 2015

Charlotte Film Festival 2015

London Film Festival 2015

Athens Film Festival 2015

Denver Int'l Film Festival 2015

Aspen Film Festival 2015

And many more...