Embrace of the Serpent

July 4 // Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de la Serpiente) 

6:30 pm.
ACMI cinemas 


At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.

Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the story centres 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-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who travelled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

"Something magical. One of the most beautiful films in a long time... It is a lament for what has been lost in the Amazon, and an eye-opener for what is still there. A major achievement."
The Age
"A dazzlingly singular vision. Poetic, surreal and ravishing."

Director: Ciro Guerra 
Country: Colombian co-production
Year: 2015 
Duration: 125 mins
Classification: M
Spanish/Portuguese/Latin/Indigenous languages/German/Catalan with English subtitles

WINNER: Directors' Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2015
WINNER: 8 Colombian Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography and Sound.