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Rated NR · 123 minutes · 2015

Adventure, Drama
Unique settings, luscious images, and a hushed, apprehensive mood combine with raw, un-actorly performances to give this Colombian jungle saga an irresistible sense of earthy mystery. Filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s black-and-white story tells what happens when two different white men — both of them putative scientists — arrive at the hut of a Cohiuano tribesman named Karamakate (played at different ages by non-actors Nilbio Torres and Antonio Bolívar Salvado) in the Amazon selva, forty years apart. Their separate missions involve river trips through frightening scenes and, always, the overwhelming presence of the land, including animal spirits and Karamakate’s coca extracts. As topical as today yet as timeless as the river itself, the screenplay is by director Guerra and Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, based on the travel journals of Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes. More than just trippy (125 min.).
Official Site: embraceoftheserpent.oscilloscope.net
Director: Ciro Guerra
Producer: Cristina Gallego
Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Miguel Ramos, Nicolás Cancino, Luigi Sciamanna and Antonio Bolivar

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