Embrace of the Serpent
aka El Abrazo de la serpiente
First screened in March 2016
Director: Ciro Guerra. Cast: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Yauenkü Migue, Nicolás Cancino, Luigi Sciammana, Edward Mayo. Screenplay: Ciro Guerra and Jacques Toulemonde Vidal (based on the diaries of Theodor Koch-Grunberg, aka Richard Evans Schultes).

Twitter Capsule: Complex, welcome rejoinder to coffeetable colonialism of The Mission, etc., but tad less than meets the eye?

VOR:   Even if the stylistic, political, and narrative gambits start to pay diminishing returns, the movie not only takes its own risks but opens new paths for tales in this genre.

Photo © 2015 Oscilloscope Films/Ciudad Lunar Producciones

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Feature

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: C.I.C.A.E. Award
Sundance Film Festival: Alfred P. Sloan Prize

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