Berlinale

Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)

Synopsis
Karamakate, a powerful Amazonian shaman and lone survivor of his people, dwells deep in the jungle in voluntary 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 by the arrival of Evan, an American ethnobotanist in search of the yakruna, a powerful and sacred plant, capable of teaching those who take it how to dream. Together they embark on a journey into the heart of the Amazon during which past, present and future become intertwined, and Karamakate slowly begins to regain his lost memories.

World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2015

Key festivals and awards
C.I.C.A.E. Award, Cannes International Film Festival 2015
Elcine Prize, Lima Latin American Film Festival 2015
Best Film, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2015
Munich Film Festival 2015
Golden Duke, Odessa International Film Festival 2015

Colombia, 2015
Director: Ciro Guerra
Producers: Ciudad Lunar (Colombia), Buffalo Films (Argentina)
German distributor: MFA + Film-Distribution e.K.
World sales: Films Boutique (Germany)
Theatrical release in Germany: March 10, 2016

Funded in December 2015
Funding amount: 7.000 €