EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
[EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE]
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the Academy Award®-nominated 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. (Note courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.) DIR/SCR Ciro Guerra; SCR Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, from the diary by Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evan Schultes; PROD Cristina Gallego. Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina, 2015, b&w, 125 min. In English, Cubeo, Huitoto, Wanano, Tikuna, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Catalan and Latin with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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