EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT [EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE, Colombia] – Thursday 29 September, 8pm

By February 1, 2016archive, Season 15 films

Academy Award nominee, Best Foreign Language Film.

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the Colombian landscape in the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the film centres on an Amazonian shaman and the last survivors of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of forty years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who travelled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and rare psychedelic Yakruna plant.

One of the best reviewed films of 2015.

Click here to read  The Guardian review. ★★★★★  ‘Embrace of the Serpent is the type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it.’

Click here to read The New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ review.

Click here to read The Irish Times review. ★★★★

99% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Colombia, 2015 | Language: Spanish | 125 minutes | Cert: 12A

Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Yauenkü Miguee

Languages: German, Portuguese,Latin, Spanish, Catalan