Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina, 2015, 125 min, DCP, Dir. Ciro Guerra, Not Rated, In Spanish and various languages with English subtitles, Oscilloscope Laboratories
Embrace of the Serpent
Wednesday, July 20
"A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism." —Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"Though inspired by real-life journals, Guerra's haunting and beautifully shot film transports us into the realm of the mystical and surreal." —Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
RECEPTION AND FILM WITH Q&A
Wednesday, July 20
Reception at 7:00 pm | Film at 8:00 pm
In recognition of Colombian Independence Day, join us before the film for a lively reception featuring authentic Colombian bites, drinks and music. This screening includes an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with director Ciro Guerra. This is a full-capacity event.
Embrace of the Serpent centers on the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two Western scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him as they search the jungle for an elusive plant with miraculous healing properties. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Director Ciro Guerra shot Embrace of the Serpent on 35mm film in an unforgiving rainforest adjacent to the mighty Amazon River, a feat that might have seemed impossible to all but the fearless German auteur Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo). In a way, those grueling conditions reflect the state of Colombia itself, a country rocked by years of violent conflict that has only recently moved toward peace. Upon its release, this film stunned audiences around the world, garnering the country its first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and becoming Colombia's highest-grossing film of all time.
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