Embrace of the Serpent

El abrazo de la serpiente


Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:30pm
Monday, Nov. 9 at 9:15pm

A film both blistering and poetic, “Embrace of the Serpent” shows how the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape. Shot in stunning black-and-white, “Serpent” centers on Amazonian shaman Karamakate, 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 a sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic plant. Calling the film “soulful, strange, and stunning” after its Cannes premiere, Indiewire observes: “Somewhere between a rebel yell and a lullaby, a primal scream and a Homeric lament, ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ is the kind of wildly original work that the Cannes Directors' Fortnight sidebar was built in hopes of discovering.”

Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina, 2015, 125 min., Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, & Latin

Directed by

Ciro Guerra


Colombia Venezuela Argentina

Film Category

Interfaith Competition Oscar® Submissions Spanish-Language Focus International Spotlight


Nature Science and Medicine


Biopic Historical Drama

Sponsored by

Saint Louis University