Embrace of the Serpent
 
 

Directed by Ciro Guerra, Colombia 2015
125 mins. Cubeo, Huitoto, Ticuna, Wanano, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Catalan dialogue with English sub-titles

SHORT-LISTED : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 2016 OSCARS

 
Summary:
 
At once startling and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, it centres 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 in their search for an Amazonian sacred healing plant.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"As rich visually as it is thematically, 'Embrace of the Serpent' offers a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality."  (Rotten Tomatoes website)