Embrace of the Serpent | Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Sat 21 Jan

Embrace of the Serpent

Cert. 12A

Festivals & Series

El abrazo de la serpiente

125 mins

in original languages with EN subs

Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina | 2015 | b&w & col | dir. Ciro Guerra, with Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Ciro Guerra’s third feature. Filmed in stunning black-and-white and inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers, Embrace of the Serpent centres on an Amazonian shaman and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.

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