April 09, Monday

Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Directed by Ciro Guerra
Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela | NC-17 | Adventure, Drama | Catalan, Cubeo, English, German, Huitoto, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Ticuna, Wanano | 122 min
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat
Time: Apr 9, 7:30pm

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 (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. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® under the Best Foreign Film category.