A trailer for the visually striking film Embrace of the Serpent, based on diaries by scientists Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evan Schultes.
The Oscar nominated film tells the story of two scientists (Koch-Grunberg and Schultes) who are aided by Karamakate, the last surviving member of his Amazonian tribe as they enter the wilderness to find and secure a potent healing plant.
The film is loosely based on the diaries of the two scientists, who spent lots of time in the Amazon in the early and mid 1900’s.
Going by the trailer, the film looks like it will be one of those visceral experiences, with all the stunning scenery and the themes of deep spirituality.
It definitely looks visually stunning and it appears there is a fair bit of drama in it, however it could be a bit of a slog as these types of films tend to be.
In any case it’s received heaps of accolades on the film circuit including a Best Foreign Film nod at the Oscars and it won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes in 2015.
Check back soon for a review of Embrace of the Serpent on Janks Reviews.
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.