EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
Director: Ciro Guerra Run Time: 125 min. Release Year: 2015 Language: Spanish
Starring: Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis, Jan Bijvoet, Luigi Sciamanna, Nilbio Torres
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 who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.