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Kamloops Film Festival Presents: Embrace of the Serpent
March 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina
Directed by Ciro Guerra
In Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan and Latin with English subtitles
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his
people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a
sacred healing plant.
“SIMPLY A WORK OF ART. ONE OF THE MOST SINGULAR CINEMATIC EXPERIENCES YOU COULD
HOPE TO HAVE.”
“MAGICAL. PUTS YOU IN A STATE OF MIND YOU’VE NEVER KNOWN. AS CAN’T MISS AS THEY
– Way Too Indie
“THIS TRANSCENDENT MASTERWORK IS A NEAR-RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE” -Awards Circuit
“A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism, Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente) marks an impressively realized third feature from Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra, featuring knockout black-and-white cinematography and an array of breathtaking locations.”Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“An intense journey and very rewarding visual feast.”Nathaniel Rogers, THE FILM EXPERIENCE
“Shot on sumptuous Super 35, the black and white photography lends itself to the film’s sorrowful ode to a world devastated, but it is the ceaseless teeming life of the soundtrack that transports the audience into the midst of the rainforest.”Ben Nicholson, CINEVUE
“Guerra’s stark allegory of the extinction of indigenous cultures at the hands of well-meaning but ignorant white Europeans is powerfully resonant in this gorgeously shot film, touted as the first feature to be shot in the Colombian jungle in over three decades.”Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA
“Embrace of the Serpent is simply a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really. It’s an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world.”Jessica Kiang,THE PLAYLIST
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!