Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

Dramatic adventure tale depicts the relationships between an Amazonian shaman, the last of his tribe, and two exploring scientists who, decades apart, sought a rare healing plant. 

"Embrace of the Serpent tells the epic story of the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists that, over the course of 40 years, travel through the Amazon in search of a sacred plant that can heal them. Inspired by the journals of the first explorers of the Colombian Amazon, Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes." (Cannes Film Festival)

C.I.C.A.E. Award winner at Cannes Film Festival 2015; Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance 2016
2015Rating: M, Violence & content that may disturb125 minsColombia, Venezuela, ArgentinaSpanish, Portugese, German, Catalan and Latin with English subtitles.
DocumentaryHistoricalWorld Cinema

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

As a vision of the past, “Embrace of the Serpent” offers a stately, striking panorama and an entirely persuasive one.

Total Film

Total Film

press

[A] mesmerising film.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Unique and intoxicating, an art movie that grips like a thriller.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Has some of the most vivid images captured on film in recent memory, and also some of the most haunting.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing account of indigenous tribes facing up to colonial incursions, revealing how Westerners are in many ways far behind the native peoples they conquer.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though inspired by real-life journals, Guerra’s haunting and beautifully shot film transports us into the realm of the mystical and surreal.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

As a vision of the past, “Embrace of the Serpent” offers a stately, striking panorama and an entirely persuasive one.

Total Film

Total Film

press

[A] mesmerising film.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Unique and intoxicating, an art movie that grips like a thriller.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Has some of the most vivid images captured on film in recent memory, and also some of the most haunting.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing account of indigenous tribes facing up to colonial incursions, revealing how Westerners are in many ways far behind the native peoples they conquer.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though inspired by real-life journals, Guerra’s haunting and beautifully shot film transports us into the realm of the mystical and surreal.

4.0