- dir. CIRO GUERRA
- Year. 2016
- country. Colombia
- run-time. 125 mins
- rating. 12A
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Doors 19:30 - Film 20:00
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 Colombian director Ciro Guerra.
Filmed in stunning black-and-white, EMBRACE OF THE 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.
This is a visually stunning and epic story of the first contact, the encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between people from different cultures.