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At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, 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.

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  • Runtime
    125 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, Latin
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  • Director
    Ciro Guerra
  • Screenwriter
    Ciro Geurra and Jacques Toulemonde
  • Producer
    Cristina Gallego
  • Cast
    Jan Bikvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Nicolas Cancino, Brionne Davis, Yauenku Migue, Luigi Sciamanna, Nilbio Torres