Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra

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, the Oscar nominated film 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-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.

Translated title:
El abrazo de la serpiente

Languages:
Catalan, German, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish

Subtitles:
Full English

Duration:
124 minutes

Country of origin:
Colombia

Year of production:
2015