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El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) (2015)
18 October 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:35 pm| Free - €7 | Tickets
Date and Time: Wednesday 18 October 2017, 7.30PM
Venue: Cinema (St James Cavalier)
Price: €7 for the general public, free for our Cinema Members
Across the span of 40 years, stories of a plant with legendary healing properties draw two scientists to the Amazon, where the last surviving shaman of a dying tribe reluctantly agrees to guide their quest. The arduous journey to retrieve the sacred plant known as the yakruna begins in 1909, when German ethnographer Theo von Martius persuades a Westernised local named Karamakate to help him find a cure for his disease. Many years later, an American botanist named Evan finds Karamakate once more, in the hopes of picking up where his predecessor left off. But Karamakate’s world has been irredeemably changed by the onslaught of the so-called ‘civilized’ man…
Shot mostly in black-and-white, Ciro Guerra’s third feature has been received with universal critical acclaim for its stunning cinematography, thematic originality and poetic style. Like Guerra’s previous offerings – ‘The Wind Journeys’ (2009) and ‘Wandering Shadows’ (2004) – it traces the wonder and horror of a long journey that resonates with the myths surrounding life and death.
Coordinated by the Honorary Consulate for Colombia and Spazju Kreattiv.
St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
- 125 mins
- Spanish (Subtitles in English)
- Creative Team
- Ciro Guerra (Directed by), David Gallego (Cinematography by)
- With the participation of
- Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Jan Bijvoet