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  • dir. CIRO GUERRA
  • Year. 2016
  • country. Colombia
  • run-time. 125 mins
  • rating. 12A

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

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.

A breathtakingly gorgeous Oscar-nominated drama that caresses your eyes with its visuals as it bangs you over the head with its message.
— Kevin Maher Times (UK)
It is gripping, challenging, engrossing stuff, beginning to end. Seriously, what a film.
— Tom Long - Detroit News
Throughout, the fragility of the native cultures and of the rain-forest environment that is their home is underscored by Guerra in this fascinating, melancholy movie.
— Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
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
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