“This film 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. Karamakate, last survivor of his people, dwells deep in the jungle, in solitary isolation. Decades of solitude have turned him into a chullachaqui, an empty shell of a human, devoid of memories and emotion. His hollow life is shaken with the arrival of Evens, an American ethnobotanist in search of the yakruna, a powerful sacred plant, capable of teaching men how to dream. Together they embark on a journey deep in the heart of the Amazon, where past, present and future are intertwined, and in which Karamakate will slowly begin to regain the lost memories” (Ciudad Lunar) “Ciro Guerra’s visually majestic film pays tribute to the lost cultures and civilizations of the Colombian Amazon.” (Variety)

Saturday, 28.11.2015 – 7.30 pm, Screen 8
Sunday, 29.11.2015 – 21.45 Uhr, Screen 6 (presented by Dietrich Brüggemann) – in the presence of director Ciro Guerra

With the support of Agentur Imdahl


Soon at the cinema!



+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: El abrazo de la serpiente, 2015
Country: Colombia, Venezuela, Argentinia
Production: Ciudad Lunar, Nortesur Producciones (Venezuela), Mc Producciones (Argentina), Buffalo Films (Argentina)
Cast: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Yauenkü Miguee, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 125 min.
Language: Spanish OV / English subtitles
World Sales: Films Boutique,
Distribution Germany: MFA+ Filmdistribution,
Festivals: Cannes, Munich, Karlovy Vary, Eriwan, Odessa, Sarajewo, Toronto, Haifa, Vancouver, Athens, London etc.
Awards: Cannes Quinzaine, Hamptons Festival, Lima, Odessa etc.

“Embrace of the Serpent” is Colombias candidate for the Oscars® 2016 (“Best Foreign Language Film”)