Double Feature with KAILI BLUES
(2016) dir Ciro Guerra w/Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Antonio Bolívar Salvador, Nilbio Torres [125 min; DCP]
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in the psychedlic EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on an Amazonian shaman – the last survivor of his people – and the two European scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.
“Embrace of the Serpent is simply a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really. It’s an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
“A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism, Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente) marks an impressively realized third feature from Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra, featuring knockout black-and-white cinematography and an array of breathtaking locations.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
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