EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
(EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPUENTE)
OPENS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
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2016 OSCAR NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner of Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and Colombia’s entry for Oscar consideration, this visually stunning historical drama centers on an Amazonian shaman, the last of his people, who takes two scientists on quests- 40 years apart- for the same sacred healing plant. Inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers, filmmaker Ciro Guerra casts indigenous actors and crafts beautiful, even psychedelic, black-and-white images for what he calls “an encounter of wisdom and knowledge in the context of destruction,” as his film juxtaposes the beauty and mystery of nature with the destructive force of colonialism. In Spanish, Portuguese and Amazonian languages with English subtitles. Camera: David Gallego. Director: Ciro Guerra. (Colombia 2015) 125 min.
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