"Before he can become a warrior, every Cohiuano man has to leave everything behind and go into the jungle, guided only by his dreams"
Ciro Guerra's mesmerizing journey into the Colombian Amazon opens today at Film Forum. Shot in black and white, in Amazonian tribal languages, El abrazo de la serpiente follows two Western explorers— one in 1901, the other in 1940— who search for a rare botanical species in the most lush and remote of pre-colonial South American jungles.
The film marks the first time Colombia has ever been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, and plays alongside fellow submissions Rams (Iceland) and Son of Saul (Hungary) through March 1st. A Q&A with the Director will follow the screening on Saturday, February 20th.