Official Trailer for Colombia's Oscar Entry 'Embrace of the Serpent'

January 8, 2016
Source: YouTube

Embrace of the Serpent

"Before he can become a warrior, a man has to leave everything behind and go into the jungle, guided only by his dreams." Oscilloscope has released an official trailer for the film Embrace of the Serpent, the official Oscar Foreign Language entry this year from Colombia. It's a mesmerizing B&W feature described as a "violent, psychedelic film about colonization". The story follows two real explorers from history, Theodor Koch-Grünberg played by Jan Bijvoet and Richard Evan Schultes played by Brionne Davis, who travel through the Colombian Amazon in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. This looks like an immersive and particularly unique storytelling experience, you might want to give this a watch.

Here's the first official trailer for Ciro Guerra's Embrace of the Serpent, direct via YouTube:

Embrace of the Serpent

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 Evan Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Embrace of the Serpent is written & directed by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra. Arriving in theaters starting February 17th, 2016. For more info, visit the official website.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


Looks really intriguing, but I'm a little perplexed over the choice for black and white. The setting and subject matter seem ripe for the use of color...

cuckoozey on Jan 9, 2016


It didn't bother me really. The B/W is very dreamlike, but if it was color you would basically see nothing but green on the screen anyway.

bumboclot on Jan 9, 2016


I think it's similar to why Jarmusch shot Dead Man in b&w, enhancing the dream quality. It also stands out from the crowd of previous movies set in the rainforest.

Terry Craig on Jan 10, 2016


Very good movie if you like stuff like Aguirre the Wrath of God or The Revenant. Lots of incredible Amazon scenery obviously. The story is basically a typical Heart of Darkness style journey into the jungle.

bumboclot on Jan 9, 2016


Looking good. There is a Finnish filmmaker, Kaurismaki is his last name, He made a movie some time ago with the same idea (i think it was simply called 'Amazon' - not sure). That was also very good. Definitely different from this, but still good ...

shiboleth on Jan 9, 2016


Consider me pumped! I got some Fitzcarraldo vibes from the trailer.

Terry Craig on Jan 10, 2016

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