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Embrace of the Serpent (IN TRANSLATION SERIES)

  • Starring: Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis, Jan Bijvoet, Luigi Sciamanna, Nicolás Cancino, Nilbio Torres, Yauenkü Migue
  • Director: Ciro Guerra
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, History
  • Languages: German, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, Catalan
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 125 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Synopsis: Embrace of the Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. [Oscilloscope Pictures]

In Translation Series

May 29 & 30 - Embrace of the Serpent

June 5 & 6 - Cemetery of Splendour

June 12 & 13 - Rams

June 19 & 20 - Sweet Bean

June 26 & 27 - The Clan

"This is that rare film that has the power to transform, to shake one’s belief system so thoroughly that one feels like a slightly different person walking out of the theater."
- Collin Brennan, Consequence of Sound
"Beautiful, strange, disturbing, Embrace of the Serpent is a film with a lot on its mind"
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Ciro Guerra’s gorgeous picture just has that ripped-from-your-dreams sensibility, where surprising turns float alongside a story you feel like you’ve known your whole life. Embrace of the Serpent is the type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it."
- The GuardianJordan Hoffma
"olombian director Ciro Guerra's Embrace of the Serpent is a legitimate stunner, a river-trip that will mesmerize and jack with you, leaving you not quite certain, at its end, how to go about the rest of your day."
- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"It's an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world."
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"Embrace of the Serpent has some of the most vivid images captured on film in recent memory, and also some of the most haunting."
- Stephanie Merry, Washington Post