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52nd edition from May 13 to 23, 2020

El abrazo de la serpiente

Fortnight 2015, Feature film, 2h05


Embrace of the Serpent tells the epic story of the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists that, over the course of 40 years, travel through the Amazon in search of a sacred plant that can heal them. Inspired by the journals of the first explorers of the Colombian Amazon, Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes.


Ciro Guerra

Born in Río de Oro (Colombia) in 1981. His first two films, La sombra del caminante and The Wind Journeys, were selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Locarno, winning 40 international awards. Both films were chosen as Colombia’s entry for the Oscars and were released commercially in 20 countries. Embrace of the Serpent is his 3rd film.

Antonio Bolívar
Brionne Davis
Jan Bijvoet
Nilbio Torres
Yauenkü Miguee

Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde

David Gallego

Carlos García, Marco Salaverría

Etienne Boussac, Cristina Gallego

Nascuy Linares

Set decoration
Angélica Perea

Production :
Ciudad Lunar
Carrera 13 # 49 – 15 Oficina : 304
110011 Bogotá – Colombie
T : +57 30 0208 9948

Coproduction :
Nortesur Producciones (Venezuela)
Mc Producciones (Argentina)
Buffalo Films (Argentina)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Films Boutique
Köpenicker Strasse 184
10997 Berlin – Allemagne
T : +49 30 695 378 50

Distribution :
Diaphana Distribution
T : +33 1 53 46 66 66

Presse internationale / International press
Vanessa Jerrom
T : +00 33 (6) 14 83 88 82


Title in Original Version : Embrace of The Serpent

Press release

“Impressively realized third feature” /// The Hollywood Reporter

“Deux sages, d’une jungle à l’autre” /// Le Monde

“Magnifique odyssée amazonienne” /// Culturebox

“A powerful insight into Amazonian thought” /// ICS

“Una ovación de pie que duró más de diez minutos” /// Arcadia

“un « Fitzcarraldo » vu du côté des Indiens” /// Le Monde

“Ciro Guerra y su Amazonía alucinada cautiva a Cannes” /// El Espactador

“Todos los mundos, todos los sueños, todos los tiempos” /// WRadio

“Amazonas perdido” /// Arcadia

“Une expérience cinématographique sensorielle et philosophique” /// Mediapart

“Amazone interdite” /// Libération

“Une explo­ra­tion intense au cœur de l’Ama­zo­nie” /// Gala