A poetic and dreamlike journey through the Colombian Amazon. Shamen Karamakate, the last of his tribe, guides two explorers through the Columbian Amazon, 40 years apart: Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans-Schultes are both searching for the sacred and rare Yakruna plant. Theodor believes it will cure the fever threatening his life; Richard, retraces the steps of his predecessor in the hope of finding the elusive plant for academic purposes. Throughout the journeys both travellers see the influence and ravages of colonialism, the rubber barons and the missionaries, as local tribes are stripped of their traditions, freedom and language. Based on the real diaries of the men and filmed in stunning black and white, this is “a near faultless amalgam of anthropology, character-driven drama and adventure that is visually resplendent, emotive, at times surprisingly witty and deeply mysterious. It’s also a roar of protest against colonialism, told from the perspective of an indigenous protagonist” Sight & Sound.
“Embrace of the Serpent is the type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it.” The Guardian. *****
“Not to be missed’’ Donald Clarke The Irish Times ****
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT has won numerous awards(22) including the C.I.C.A.E. (Art Cinema) Award, Cannes Film Festival 2015 and has been nominated as Columbias Best Foreign Language Film of the year for the USA Academy Awards 2016.