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Embrace of the Serpent

El Abrazo de la Serpiente

Directed by Ciro Guerra
Colombia, Venezuela, 2015
Adventure, Drama


The story of the friendship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and two scientists, over the course of 40 years. Inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon in search of the sacred psychedelic Yakruna plant.

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Embrace of the Serpent Directed by Ciro Guerra

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | Winner: C.I.C.A.E. Award (Directors' Fortnight)

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Sundance Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best International Film

The film is strange enough to resist the worst of the old clichés, which is to say it resists moral certainty… It is a glorious excursion, full of beauty and wonder, but it leaves its viewers more unsettled than before.
April 02, 2016
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What Ciro Guerra has thus accomplished with Embrace of the Serpent is not only a creative re-contextualization that redresses the shameful practices of a national history, but also a mode of storytelling that communicates in compelling, humanistic terms. As a result, Embrace of the Serpent has reached an international audience moved by the film’s respectful and relevant portrait of a world heedlessly forsaken.
February 29, 2016
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Pivoting away from a Herzog-style view of this wild space as a merciless and chaotic proving ground for dreamers and maniacs, Guerra instead approaches it from a native perspective. Embrace of the Serpent thus yields a much richer portrait of the region than perhaps any before, infusing a fresh perspective and rich imagistic style into its slippery depiction of Heraclitean unity and flux.
February 22, 2016
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