OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

Embrace Of The Serpent

(El abrazo de la serpiente)

2015 Academy Award nominee - Best Foreign Language Film

Poster art for Embrace Of The SerpentThe ravages of colonialism cast a dark pall over the stunning South American landscape in Embrace Of The Serpent, the latest visual astonishment from the gifted Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra. Charting two parallel journeys deep into the Amazon, each one undertaken by a European explorer accompanied by a local shaman, this bifurcated narrative delivers a critique of the destruction of indigenous cultures at the hands of white invaders.

There’s no denying the film’s chastening moral conviction or the transfixing power of its black-and-white imagery. At once blistering and poetic, Serpent, which won the Directors’ Fortnight prize at Cannes, is not just an ethnographic study but also a striking act of cinematic witness.

– Justin Chang, Variety

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